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Standing room only - On a plane? - Maybe

  1. Apr 25, 2006 #1

    Astronuc

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    Standing room only - On a plane!? - Maybe

    One Day, That Economy Ticket May Buy You a Place to Stand
    NY Times, April 25, 2006, By CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT
    Did you feel a bit more crowded in the air the last time you flew? :rolleyes:

    Just wait. :rofl:

    Sardines, we shall become. :biggrin:
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2006 #2

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    Why not give every passenger knock out drops, you could then load them
    into a larger version of an ammo belt, loading/unloading the aircraft would
    be much quicker, it would not need loos or onboard food or entertainment,
    hey i think i will sugest it to them.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2006 #3

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    Geometrically speaking, you can squeeze as large a passenger density out of a "standing room only" section as you could with a "sleeping room only" section. I wouldn't mind having to board a short flight and climb into my bunk - even if it meant wearing two harnesses during take-off and landing !
     
  5. Apr 25, 2006 #4

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    That would save on the knock out drops. Load everyone into the bunks, then turn down the oxygen. Then you could even do away with the restrooms and the galley.
     
  6. Apr 25, 2006 #5

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    :rofl: RO/RO (Roll On/Roll Off).

    Well in that case, the plane would not have to land. Just jettison the passenger(s) (with luggage) at their stop(s) and keep flying. Then they catch another flight back.

    Short distance flight could be accomplished with heavy artillery.

    I've seen some impressive railguns. Up to 3 km/s. Unfortunately it's high g's if the tube is short.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2006 #6
    Some flights I take are only 30 minutes, and I wouldnt have a problem standing, if the price was right.
     
  8. Apr 25, 2006 #7

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    Unless someone's paying for my flight and rental car, I'd rather drive 3 hrs than take a 30 min flight.
     
  9. Apr 25, 2006 #8

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    I've driven 2 hours to take a 30 minute flight, then had the airline cancel the flight because there were too few passengers and then sitting for three hours waiting for another flight. :grumpy: It was a business flight.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2006 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    Airbus flatly denied the claim.
     
  11. Apr 25, 2006 #10

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    :rofl: I've had trips like that, but the flights are usually more than 30 minutes. I'd rather drive - fast! :biggrin:

    What I really dislike is flying one direction, then catch a plane which flies the route just flown. I only did that once. I have seen people do it for cheap tickets - e.g. Houston to Atlanta to Los Angeles or San Francisco - roundtrip no less.

    Sure they do! Faux pas denial! Somebody was probably joking, and someone else thought it was a serious consideration. :rofl:
     
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  12. Apr 25, 2006 #11
    I'm sure the industrial engineer-types would be all over this one. "Lets see how many people we can cram into a Boeing 737." It would definitely make air transportation more efficient, and cheaper for those who have to fly. That and short people would get discounted fares for taking up less room :tongue2:.
     
  13. Apr 25, 2006 #12
    The price for your life/health insurence goes up if you buy a standing up on plane ticket.:biggrin:
    How are you soppsed to stand for 3hr?
     
  14. Apr 25, 2006 #13

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    That's my view too, especially since it take an hour to get to the airport, so all told, it's faster to drive than take a flight if it's closer than 6 hours driving to my destination.

    And for a longer flight, I'm definitely not doing standing room. I don't mind so much the idea of getting a bunk to lie down on though. Just leave enough room to prop my head up enough to read a book if I didn't feel like sleeping.
     
  15. Apr 25, 2006 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    This reminds me a little of the QUAC Scanner - Quadrature CT. It used a large gantry which scanned four people all at once; with all four stacked inside. Someone had made up a sales brochure that looked very professional; with X-Rays included.
     
  16. Apr 26, 2006 #15

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    The Denver to Colorado Springs flights are like that. It's a 60 minute scenic drive at most as compared to sitting around the airport for an hour waiting for a short hop to Colorado Springs. The air turbulence just off the front range almost makes the wait worth it, though - especially if you enjoy laughing at those prone to airsickness.

    The LA to Santa Maria flights are even more like that. You have a great chance of having the Santa Maria airport closed due to fog, in which case, they drive you and the other passengers there in a van or bus. After doing that once, I started just renting a car in LA and driving up the coast myself - a very nice drive that would be worth it even if you could count on the Santa Maria airport staying open.
     
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