60% Chinese netizens approve of standing airline tickets

10:22, July 22, 2010      

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A certain domestic professional Web site in China conducted a survey on the issue of standing-room tickets for airplanes. The survey shows that 60 percent of the 70,000 netizens participating in the survey approved standing-room tickets for airplanes, while 40 percent were unwilling to accept standing-room tickets because of security and comfort issues, according to a report from Beijing Daily.

According to sources, some consumers cannot accept standing-room tickets mainly because of the discomfort.

"I will feel very uncomfortable if a row of people are tied to the poles behind my seat," said Miss Lin who often travels for business by plane.

Lin also believes establishing standing-room tickets will further enhance the grade division in the aircraft cabin.

However, reasons for supporting the standing-room tickets are also sufficient.

"It is difficult to book an air ticket every Spring Festival. I was so eager to go home that I really wished I could rush into the plane just as rushing onto a train," said Mr. Li who lives in another city.

As an outdoor enthusiast, Li also hopes that the standing-room tickets for airplanes can greatly reduce the transportation costs of travel.

Recently, both Europe's Ryanair and Singapore's Tiger Airways received positive responses toward the idea of standing-room tickets, which sufficiently prove that the demand for standing-room tickets does exist in the aviation industry.

Experts from the Civil Aviation Administration of China think that establishing standing-room tickets is technically feasible. However, it is difficult to predict the actual costs. In addition, it must pass the airworthiness examination and approval of the administration sections of Civil Aviation Administration of China to ensure its safety and reliability.

By People's Daily Online


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