pickens writes: Fox News reports that an Italian aircraft interiors company is proposing a new semi-standing 'seating' configuration that airlines could use to create a 'basic' class to maximize passenger count and profits, while lowering ticket prices. The company, Aviointeriors, says that its SkyRider chairs could be stacked together with only 23 inches of legroom between them — compared to the 31 inch minimum now typically found in coach. Earlier this year, Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Irish budget airline Ryanair, said that he was considering adding similar seats and also considering creating a true standing room area. Ryan says that the standing room area would use handrails like those found on a train or bus. "The argument against it is that if there’s ever a crash, people will be injured," says O'Leary. "If there's ever a crash, the people in the sit-down seats will be injured, too."