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A tale of passenger seating  — or lack of it — has sparked an outrage.

Russian carrier Tatarstan Airlines’ flight from Antalya, Turkey, to Ekaterinburg, Russia, was fully booked with a tour group.

The carrier ran into a problem when it was forced to swap out a 148-seat 737 for a plane with just 142 seats at the last minute.

Do the math. That left six passengers without a seat on the sold out flight .

So they were offered a choice: Wait seven hours for another flight or stand for the five-hour flight to Russia.

They opted to stand, except when they had to sit in the aisle when there was turbulence.

The incident came to light after the aggrieved passengers demanded $4,700 in compensation. The tour company offered about $200 each, according to ABC News.

Russian aviation regulators reportedly are looking into the incident.

Irish carrier Ryanair floated the concept of standing-room-only seating earlier this year, but European regulators quickly dismissed the idea as a safety risk.

Maybe Tatarstan Airlines didn’t get the memo.

— Gay Nagle Myers


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