Airline Economy Seats to be replaced by Standing Room Only?

One of my favorite complaints I love to rant about is uncomfortable chairs on most airlines.  Well, I guess I should shut up because now there’s talk of removing the chairs altogether.  Although it sounds like a punishment doled out to a child who complains too much (“If you don’t like your chair, than let’s see how you like it with no chair!) there is a chance this may become reality. 

According to a report in The New York Times, there are internal Airbus proposals floating around in which economy class flyers would actually be left standing in the back of the plane, strapped against padded boards at takeoff like Hannibal Lecter being transported between prisons.  The configuration would only be for short flights, which is great because the accompanying bathroom in this class of travel will be a small bucket passed between passengers.  Okay, just kidding about the bucket, but believe it or not, Airbus isn’t kidding about standing-room-only in economy.