Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary is scheduled to announce a formal proposal today for "vertical seats", which will provide standing-room spots on short-haul flights for as little as £5. These seats have been in the works for years, but now we have pictures.
photo courtesy: Ryanair
The plan is to rip out the last ten rows of seats to install the standing area. A test has been proposed on select flights in about a year, with full implementation in 18 months.
Don’t get your hopes up, though. It is unlikely the European Aviation Safety Agency will approve the proposed seats. But where there is a will, there is way. With a little tinkering, I have a feeling Ryanair will get its standing seats.
While I think Ryanair represents a troubling trend in some areas (á la carté pricing for services/amenities that have always been included in the ticket prices), I would not be opposed to utilizing the seats above on a LAX-SFO flight if I was only paying $10 for the ticket.