They’ve wrested food, free alcohol, and peanuts from you. They’ve made you pay for luggage and lavatories.

Just when you thought there was nothing left for the airlines to squeeze, comes Italian company Aviointeriors’ new aircraft ‘SkyRider’ standing seat.

Melvyn Koh (C) tries out Italian company Aviointeriors' new aircraft 'standing seat' which has 23 inches of legroom, instead of the current economy class average of 30 inches, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, California, September 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gone is all that unnecessary space between your stomach and the seat in front of you.

The SkyRider, which made its debut this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, California, has 23 inches of legroom, instead of the current economy class average of 30 inches.

I’m 5 foot 6 inches and weigh 110 pounds, and the seat felt snug. It felt more like straddling a horse than standing. The saddle was comfy, but the seat back forced me to sit bolt upright. There was no room to open a laptop and I would imagine my ankles would swell in this position after a few hours in the air.