No worries if you didn’t book a seat on your budget airline and don’t fancy the scramble to get one. This is the Skyrider 2.0 saddle seat, positioned by Italy’s Aviointeriors at “the new frontier of low-cost tickets”. The new frontier looks a lot like standing.
On the plus side, travellers need not worry about deep-vein thrombosis, biting their knees and asking other people to move. The Boston Globe says the Skyrider 2.0 (upgrades on the Skyrider 0.0 (cross-legged on the floor) and the Skyrider 1.0 (strap hanging) “makes perfect sense… the design allows a 20 percent increase in passengers per flight. It also weighs 50 percent less than a standard economy seat, lowering the fuel cost per passenger.”
Seats are now just 23 inches apart from the row in front. More people on the same-sized plane.Smell that? That’s progress – and you stuck in an overstuffed flying tube.