Fly the Friendly Skies in a Coffin

Call it “Standing Tomb Only” airplane seating, a new cost-cutting measure proposes shuttling passengers across the sky strapped into coffin-sized spaces.

Reports from experts who saw a quiet pitch from Airbus to Asian carriers, says the report has “passengers propped against a padded backboard, held in place with a harness.”

Using the new process, the airplane could fit 853, up from 500

Airbus denied the report Tuesday, according to CNNMoney.

However, the Western Hemisphere shouldn’t fear of being strapped into flying gurneys anytime soon. Corpulence saves the day; we’re too fat for this cat to fly in America.

One Day, That Economy Ticket May Buy You a Place to Stand” [NYTimes]


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  1. airship says:

    We’re too fat to fit into regular airplane seats, too. At least, I am. Last time I flew I had to burn a bunch of miles to upgrade just so I’d fit in the seat.

  2. nweaver says:

    The NYTimes has a fuller article on the airline seat trend.

    Including the American “More room, nah, never mind” coach movement etc.

    (Grrr, I get to be stuck flying them. GRRR)

  3. Ben says:

    853 of me would be almost 128 tons.

    Just sayin’

  4. Drinker Nisti says:

    The thinner seat in coach just makes it easier to kick the person in front of me when he reclines his seat into my forehead…

    Flew United last week for the first time in a couple years and was apalled at the lack of space. Just reinforces my loyalty to JetBlue…

  5. Gizmodo says:

    i thought the biggest problem with airplanes was fitting all of the people’s luggage? the cargo holds and the overhead bins are full as it is – adding more people isn’t really possible.

    i’ve been on a few flights where supposedly the weight of the plane (b/c of too much luggage) was too much…

  6. Das Ubergeek says:

    You kick them? I just put my fist where I want the seat to stop. Then when they glare at me, I shrug and say I’m sorry their seat is broken.

  7. OkiMike says:

    I like the idea of these “pods”. Something like in the movie “Alien” where Miss Weaver climbs out of after the ship crashes.

    Perhaps they could all be bomb-proof and have parachutes that deploy whenever they sense freefall.