Wed, Apr 01, 2009
Hey... It Works On The Subway... Right?
It works for a number of other transportation systems... so may
be it will work for aviation... so says a unique program instituted
under FAA guidance by a small New York based commuter carrier
looking to build upon its rep as a low cost flyer.
The latest round of cost cutting is forcing Manhattan Airlines to
remove the seats from its commuter aircraft. The resultant
'volumetric adjustments' will allow as many as 20% more passengers
to board per flight.
Harold "Harry" Yarmpitz, CEO, said that, "Manhattan has always
been at the forefront of commuter airline technology. We have great
hopes for this program."
The key technology being utilized is the subway strap, using
aviaion grade materials and TSO'd by the FAA. Just as passengers
are required to buckle up now, they will instead be required to
hold on to a subway strap during takeoff and landing. Yarmpitz
noted, "The FAA wrinkled their noses at the first whiffs of our
proposal. But; we showed them over 216 studies conducted by their
sister DOT agency, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that
showed subway straps to be just as safe as seats in the event of an
unplanned stop." It was also noted that obese persons will become
desirable rowmates in contrast to being loathed as they are
"Just think, in the event of a sudden stop, wouldn't it be
better to bump into a squishy person-of-generous-mass than to bump
into an airplane seat with all its hard surfaces and corners?"
Its not about changing the way people commute, its about changing
the way people think about transportation. Yarmpitz said, "Studies
showed that our customers will feel more at home with this kind of
setup. After all, most of our customers will take the subway from
the airport to their office hanging on to a strap all the way."
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