China's Spring Airlines lobbies for vertical seats

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Chinese Airline Looks To Add 'Standing Seats'

For most people, the worst part of air travel is the time you're stuck standing in the crowded aisle waiting to leave the aircraft. Well, a new Chinese airline aims to capitalize on that experience.

According to the Daily Mail, China's Spring Airlines plans on lobbying industry regulators to allow standing-seats to accommodate more passengers, but it's unclear if the idea will ever take off. The budget airline would offer cheaper fares for the vertical seats, which is kind of surprising considering they already offer flights as low as $1.50.

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If the concept of a standing airline sounds familiar, that's because this isn't the first time a budget airline proposed the idea. Back in 2010, Avio-interiors unveiled their cowboy saddle-inspired Sky Rider seats. And that same year, the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced plans to launch an upright seats program for just $6 a flight. However, those plans were grounded in 2012 by an unspecified regulator.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said at the time, "The problem with aviation is that for 50 years it's been populated by people who think it's a wondrous sexual experience when it's really just a bus with wings."

Speaking of wild airplane innovations, did you see the 'windowless plane' photos that were making the rounds in October? Only the bravest people could ever handle a seat on that plane:

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