Universiti Putra Malaysia provided the funds to have three professors do an academic study on the potential for greater seating density (depicted↑ above) and as reported in the below↓article, the study found that jamming more passengers into the airplane would result in lower fares. Isn’t amazing what interesting conclusions one can make if you have a PhD?
Neither the article, which quotes an FAA source, nor the research mentions whether the standing position is safe!
Here is another transportation mode’s high density seating, but it only offers one way travel:
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