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Colombian Budget Airline Wants To Make Passengers Stand

VivaColombia is seriously considering plans to remove all seats from its planes and make passengers stand in order to drive down fares by allowing them to squeeze more passengers into each flight.

The budget carrier hopes to make flying more affordable for working class Colombians and budget holidaymakers who could currently never afford to travel by air.

Founder and CEO of VivaColombia, William Shaw said: “There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up - we're very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive."

The stand-up flights could involve passengers leaning back onto standing chairs that are similar to a bar stool in shape, a concept that was created in 2010 by SkyRider.

Standing seats, like this 2010 design by SkyRider, could dramatically increase passenger capacity but concerns have been raised about safety and comfort

The low-cost South American carrier isn’t the first to push the concept of standing room-only flights though. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary was also toying with the idea of "vertical seating" back in 2010.

However, safety in aviation cannot be compromised for no reason whatsoever. Civil Aviation Authorities disagree however, and vertical seats have not been approved by regulators in any country so far. This may also prove to be the case in Colombia.

Are you prepared to knock a few bucks off a flight ticket if the only place to rest your legs was the airplane toilet..?