Are they insane?

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Visitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center try out the new SkyRider seats, which put passengers in a semi-standing position, with as little as 23 inches between rows. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / September 13, 2009)

In a never-ending effort to muscle more money out of the traveling public, the airline industry is "just looking" at seats designed to cram up to 40 percent more passengers on already cramped planes

How could such a thing be done, other than stuffing passengers into the cabin like furniture is jammed into moving vans? Look at the picture above and read the story

Nip this in the bud now.

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  • Engineers who design stuff like this are a perfect example of the adage "just because you can, doesn't mean you should".

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