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A standing-up airplane seat design exists. Aviointeriors came up with the design, but no airline has snapped it up yet. Would you want to stand on a flight?

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The biggest gripe regarding air travel has always been the lack of legroom. Unless you pay extra, you are confined to sitting in a rather uncomfortable seat with no space on either side or in front to stretch out your legs.

However, Italian airline seat manufacturer Aviointeriors has become pretty creative in solving the problem. Imagine standing for the entire duration of your flight or sitting so far upright that it feels as if you are standing up. According to CNN, the Italian manufacturer revealed their design at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, but it isn’t their first time attempting to launch this project.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration did not approve of Aviointeriors’ original SkyRider development from 2010, but last year, they introduced us to their “new and improved” SkyRider 2.0.

They likened it to sitting on horseback but with extra padding to make it more comfortable. Per CNN, the seats are so far upright passengers will pretty much be standing up. Is it more comfortable than a regular economy seat?

The idea of vertical seats isn’t anything new. The concept goes as far back as 2003, when Airbus first introduced the seat, CNN reports.

According to a spokesperson for Aviointeriors, “the design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20% allowing increasing profits for airline companies.” The standing-up seat is also half the weight of a typical economy seat, which means reduced maintenance costs. All this would be the start of lower ticket prices for customers.

But no airline has snapped up the design yet, according to CNN, and aircraft specialists have pointed out various potential problems, such as evacuation delays because of limited space and inadequate storage space under seats for personal items.

Aviointeriors claims that these new seats would allow for “adequate comfort,” but we don’t know whether their definition of comfort matches that of the common person. Do people really want to “stand” during a flight? And what do they mean by “adequate”? Is it “just enough,” or is it actually comfortable?

However, if passengers are okay with the idea, how long are they willing to stand? The SkyRider 2.0 may be adequate for shorter domestic trips, but flights that are longer than two or three hours might be difficult to endure because of the restrictions.

You can’t blame Aviointeriors for trying, though. They were looking to help all stakeholders, but the idea may be a little too creative. We’ll have to wait and see if the SkyRider 2.0 ever takes off; however, don’t be surprised if somebody else attempts to improve on the idea of vertical seating. Read more about this on CNN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A standing-up airplane seat design exists. Aviointeriors came up with the design, but no airline has snapped it up yet. Would you want to stand on a flight?

7% Ya, it's better
93% Definitely NOT
10% Ya, it's better
90% Definitely NOT
0% Ya, it's better
100% Definitely NOT

Ya, it’s better

Definitely NOT

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