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Coming Soon: Standing Room Air Travels

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by mussel, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. mussel

    mussel Well-Known Member

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    Air travels can't get any worse, now Airbus is pushing standing rooms on airlines!

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  2. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    Are those harnesses for the SRO passengers?

    I think it could work for bare bones, short haul flights. Not something I'd want to do though. They look like amusement park rides. Like Top Gun or something.
     
  3. GreyFlannelMan

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    Are those harnesses for the SRO passengers?

    I think it could work for bare bones, short haul flights. Not something I'd want to do though. They look like amusement park rides. Like Top Gun or something.


    Yes those are harnesses; apparently, there are no FAA regulations about passengers needing to be seated, but they must be secured.
     
  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Well-Known Member

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    This is truly a dismal proposition. My knees already press against the seat in front of me, which makes for a mighty unpleasant 14 hr. flight from Tokyo to New York. There's no way I'm standing for any flight, not even if I get fellatio on demand from the prettiest stewardesses.
     
  5. tiger02

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    ^^^ Well, maybe then [​IMG]

    I've always wondered why air travel is such a different experience from any other form. I was hoping someone had proposed standing-room seats in the sense that you walk up to the counter, buy your ticket like a bus or train, and get on the plane. Air travel needs to be rationalized and all players need to have federal funding cut off.

    Tom
     
  6. acidboy

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    ... and how are children supposed to be harnessed?
     
  7. Matt

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    deleted. better stay out of it.
     
  8. globetrotter

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    ^^^ Well, maybe then [​IMG]

    I've always wondered why air travel is such a different experience from any other form. I was hoping someone had proposed standing-room seats in the sense that you walk up to the counter, buy your ticket like a bus or train, and get on the plane. Air travel needs to be rationalized and all players need to have federal funding cut off.

    Tom


    Tom, part of the issue is the huge cost of the flight. buses and trains run empty every now and again. although I have been on empty flights - this represents a huge expense to the airline. I am guessing that one flight that is half empty can eat up the profits from 5 or more flights that are full. and, if you are competing with a half dozen other lines on a route, then you can't plan easily how many people will walk up and buy a ticket.

    that said - I do think that airlines don't opperate as well as they should
     
  9. chorse123

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    I'd take one of those SRO spots, but it would have to be very cheap, like $50-$75 round trip NY to Chicago. But honestly, I don't see this idea, uh, flying. ; )

    Apparently airlines have done a good job with filling planes recently, so much so that employees are having a hard time flying for free. There was an interesting article in one of the papers on this a few weeks ago.
     
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    ... and how are children supposed to be harnessed?

    They shouldn't be on the plane anyway!
     
  11. Nantucket Red

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    Better yet, they should just stack people.

    Kids go in the overhead luggage bin or get stowed under the seat.
     
  12. imageWIS

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    SRO concept is ridiculous...I would rather have a Lying Room Only concept, where you are put into cubbies a-la Japanese business hotel. At least, this way you are lying down, not standing.

    Jon.
     
  13. itsstillmatt

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    I miss the bar/lounges that used to be more common in planes.
     
  14. whoopee

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    Virgin Atlantic has onboard bars. Great idea. What carriers used to have them?
     
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    SRO concept is ridiculous...I would rather have a Lying Room Only concept, where you are put into cubbies a-la Japanese business hotel. At least, this way you are lying down, not standing.

    Jon.



    I honestly don't know if this is true or not - but my father told me that when they flew him to korea in the korean war, they stacked them in the planes - basically lieing down.
     
  16. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Virgin Atlantic has onboard bars. Great idea. What carriers used to have them?


    I think that they are the only ones left. From what I remember, most first class sections had them on cross country and inter-continental flights. It makes for a much nicer trip if you are on a plane for five hours or more. It lets you feel like you are in a normal situation with other prople, not on a cattle mover.
     
  17. montecristo#4

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    SRO concept is ridiculous...I would rather have a Lying Room Only concept, where you are put into cubbies a-la Japanese business hotel. At least, this way you are lying down, not standing.

    Jon.


    Now you're talking.

    The problem is there are so many fat people that wouldn't be able to get their flab into this type of compartment, either in terms of volume or movement.
     
  18. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Well-Known Member

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    Not to sound elitist, but do any of you recall the time when air travel was sort of a luxury? I recollect as a lad "dressing" to travel, just as we were trained to dress for dinner. I still feel a little naked walking onto a jetliner without at least a sportcoat.

    Adding the standup "seats" smacks of steerage to me. Time to go back to train travel.
     
  19. shellshock

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    Not to sound elitist, but do any of you recall the time when air travel was sort of a luxury? I recollect as a lad "dressing" to travel, just as we were trained to dress for dinner. I still feel a little naked walking onto a jetliner without at least a sportcoat.

    yeah, i also recall when a "smoking section" was allowed on the plane. and being stuck one row in front of it at age 8 for a 12 hour flight. i certainly don't miss that.

    as for the comment about fat people, this is hilarious. skinny people should get a discount for taking up less room/weight. [​IMG]
     
  20. chorse123

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    Time to go back to train travel.

    Here here! If we had something like the TGV, i.e. a 150mph train that could cover the 800 miles from Chicago to New York in around 5.5 hours, I would take that almost exclusively, and would probably pay a premium to do so. That's less time than flying, once you add a cab to the airport, check-in, security, waiting, delays, etc. Not going to happen for a while, but it just may.

    Add a dining car, and a sleeping berth, and I'd take it even farther.

    Not keeping my fingers crossed, of course. At least not short term.
     

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