A Tatarstan Boeing 737-500

A Tatarstan Boeing 737-500

There has been a lot of talk about these new SkyRider seats where people get only 23″ of seatpitch vs 30″+ of most other low cost carriers. Well, it could be worse. Tatarstan Airlines, based in the Russia Federation, allowed six passengers to stand for a five hour flight.

You see, a charter group booked out all 148 seats on a Tatarstan Boeing 737 from Antalya, Turkey to Ekaterinburg, Russia.  At the last minute, the airline had to swap out planes, but the new 737 only had 142 seats. This is where the big mistake was made.

Instead of telling six people they won’t be able to take the flight, they gave them a choice. Either wait seven hours until the next flight or fly on this one standing up for five hours. Decisions, decisions. Well, all six people decided to stand.

The airline should have never given the choice to the passengers. There are grave safety issues with having extra people on an aircraft. Weight, life vests and no security from turbulence. I don’t know who is more stupid in this scenario, the airline that gave the option to stand or the passengers who took them up on the offer.

Not related to the story, but I wanted to share this photo of two old IL-86’s that Tartarstan used to fly.

Thanks Ben for the tip!

Image: Osdu

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Seats are highly overrated and uncomfortable anyway. Its way more fun to stand in the galley and chat up the pretty air hostess.

During flight that is true. Turbulence, take off and landing is another story 🙂


Sounds like a train or bus. No thanks for standing for me. That would be against FAA regs in the US. 🙂

There is no shortage of stupidity in this world!


Where is ICAO regulation

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