Posted on 07/07/2017

In 2010 Ryanair announced that it would be offering vertical seating on flights within two years. At the time the Civil Aviation Authority challenged whether that would pass safety tests, and since then the subject has not been publically revisited; until now. This week budget airline VivaColombia announced that they are considering standing-only flights to make it easier for working class Colombians to travel by air.

VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw told the Miami Herald, “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up. We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive.”

The company plans to add 50 new Airbus 320s to its fleet all with more seats. The first will go into service in 2018.

In 2014 Airbus filed a patent for narrow rows of folding saddle seats where passengers perch rather than sit, putting four passengers in the space that normally occupied three.

Shaw is counting on passengers preferring to save money rather than spend more for a short flight that includes onboard entertainment, telling the Miami Herald, “Who cares that there aren’t marble floors … or that you don’t get free peanuts?”

Although it is unclear which airlines use marble floors it is very clear that no country’s Civil Aviation Authority has yet approved standing-room-only seating.

In fact, Colombia’s Civil Aviation Director Alfredo Bocanegra has stated, “People have to travel like human beings. Anyone who had ridden on public mass transport knows that it’s not the best when you’re standing.”