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Monday, 14 April 2014

Tryanair has put forward a proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority asking permission to institute a "standing room only" section on designated aircraft.

"Fares will be much cheaper for standing room only," read the press release issued by the budget airline. "No carry on luggage will be allowed on the flight, passengers will be separated by bars which they can lean on for an extra fee."

The move has outraged certain corners of the industry with the firm's controversial firm again drawing criticism.

"I don't see what the problem is," argued Tyanair CEO Michael O'Bryan, "if people are prepared to pay for this service at a discounted rate, why wouldn't we bring it in?"

The move makes economic sense with almost twice the amount of passengers being able to fit on board the proposed modified aircraft. But experts doubt that it will abide by complex international airline protocols in relation to safety.

"They might as well call this idea Cattle Class," suggest Professor Milton Tennison of the consumer affairs tribunal and advisory.

"Because that is what they are doing here, they are packing people in like cattle," he continued.

There are also concerns that people won't be able to stand for the entire flight with some journeys the airline offers taking in excess of nine hours.

It is believed that the proposal is currently in front of the International airline authority. A decision could be reached as early as August.

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