How do you solve a problem like economy class? Bunkbeds

Guest Writer

In last week’s Editor’s Eye, I was rather critical of Air New Zealand’s new economy class flat-bed concept. For those of you who haven’t seen this, the idea involved stretching out over three seats, meaning that couples would have to fork out for the third seat, while individual travellers couldn’t benefit at all. But if there’s one thing that annoys me (and regular readers of this column may be surprised to hear this), it’s a moaner. Take the anti-capitalist demonstrators who break the windows of McDonald’s and Starbucks outlets on May Day, for example. Moan, moan, moan. They are not demonstrating for something, but against it. Okay capitalism’s not perfect, but let’s hear your alternative! Oh, sorry I forgot – you don’t have one.

And this, in a round about way, is what I feel about Air New Zealand’s economy class seat. Okay it’s not perfect, but without an alternative suggestion, who am I to knock it? So this week I have been thinking of that alternative, and I may have found it: bunkbeds. Bear with me on this one

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