Most air passengers won't mind standing for free: Poll

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Melbourne, July 23 (ANI): Most passengers say they won't mind standing during short flights if they could fly for free, according to a poll by Irish no-frills airline Ryanair.

In the poll, over 80,000 passengers, 66 per cent of those polled by Ryanair, said they would be wiling to stand during one-hour flights.

However, 34 per cent said that they wanted a seat.

"With 120,000 passengers voting and 80,000 saying they would stand on board, Ryanair will continue to explore the concept of 'fare free standing' flights with Boeing and the relevant aviation authorities in the US and EU," News.com.au quoted Ryanair's chief spokesman Stephen McNamara as saying.

Recently, Ryanair was reported to making plans for standing rooms on their planes so that they could accommodate more people onboard.

The company's CEO wants Boeing to build a special standing room only jet so that fliers can perch on stools rather than sit in chairs, a method Ryanair thinks could get 30 percent more customers on their planes.

He said that the plan would "completely adhere to safety procedures", as the stools would have lap belts to keep you attached, with the standing room tickets costing less than seats.

The poll also found that 42 per cent of passengers would stand if the fare was halved compared to 58 per cent who wanted a seat.

Asked if passengers should have a choice of standing on short flights as they do on trains, buses and other transport, 60 per cent said yes and 40 per cent said no. (ANI)

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