Back in 2012 Ryanair floated the idea of ‘standing seats’ to pack more passengers in and lower costs. And Airbus has a patent for ‘double decker’ seating. But neither idea is supposed to be real or is approved for flying — anywhere.
But that didn’t stop Pakistan International Airlines — the indisputable worst airline in the world — from boarding more passengers than seats on a January 20 flight. So those passengers, who were given handwritten boarding passes for the 1700 mile flight from Karachi to Medina, simply stood in the aisle.
The flight in question went from Karachi to Medina carrying a total of 416 passengers, on a Boeing 777 with a total seating capacity of 409, including staff seats.
…It quotes flight captain Anwer Adil as insisting that he was not told about the extra passengers until after take-off.
…”Therefore after take-off [any] immediate landing back at Karachi was not possible as it required a lot of fuel dumping which was not in the interest of the airline.”
Boeing 777 on Approach to New York JFK in 2014, Copyright zhukovsky / 123RF Stock Photo