It's easy to romanticize the thought of a standing-room only plane and imagine people putting their hip up to a bar or high-top table, mingling with fellow passengers as if it was a happy hour. But what would a plane full of standing passengers really look like? Would it more closely resemble a crowded subway than a cocktail party? Probably. Practically speaking, standing shoulder to shoulder as a plane flies through turbulence could be trouble.
The 44% decrease in ticket prices sounds great, but a 20% increase in the number of passengers sounds like an absolute nightmare. And something tells us that some of the money saved on the airline ticket would be recollected as higher baggage and fuel service fees due to the increase in weight, but maybe we're just being paranoid.
If this idea ever gets off the ground, we'd definitely be willing to give it a shot. Perhaps the idea could fly for really short flights, like the hour from New York to Boston. But as for it being a long-term solution to increasing ticket prices worldwide, we're not so sure.
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