posted on Mar, 25 2005 @ 02:01 PM
All aircraft have a maximum passenger rating of a LOT more than they fly with as standard:
(details taken from various sources - quick google only so these figures may not be exact)
777 - All economy rated at 440 passengers
767 - All economy 360 passengers
747 - All economy 550 passengers
A330 - All economy 370 passengers
A340 - All economy 480 passengers
As you can see, all aircraft can carry a lot more passengers than they are rated for, its simply a penis measuring competition.
As for using a random sampling, think about it - how are you going to get 800+ people with disparate demographics in one place at the same time? It
was probably hard enough to get 800 people from one single demographic, and you have to understand that the type of people you are suggesting they get
(out of shape people etc) probably arent the same sort of people likely to volunteer for the event.
Interesting anecdote: the 777 was actually supposed to be rated for 441 passengers (all jumpseats filled etc) but the final passenger refused to go
down the chute, thus dooming the aircraft to be certified for one less passenger