Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

You're sitting in the aisle seat, but you can't see the passenger seated on the other side of the aisle.

That's because there's someone standing in the aisle. For the whole flight. All three hours and some minutes.

You might be wondering what's going on. You might be wondering why I'm even mentioning this scenario.

Well, it seems to have happened.

As the Dawn newspaper reports, this Pakistan International Airlines flight between Karachi in Pakistan and Medina in Saudi Arabia on January 20 had seven too many people on it.

It's unclear how that happened. What seems clearer is that the captain claims it wasn't his fault, as do others associated with the flight.

All seven, though, were asked to stand in the aisles. (I wonder what happened when the drinks cart came around.)

This wasn't exactly a small plane. It was a Boeing 777, which can seat 409 people.

It's not as if these people had sneaked on. Dawn says that the (less than) magnificent seven were given handwritten boarding passes.

Capt Anwer Adil, the pilot, told Dawn that he'd only been informed of the excess capacity after takeoff.

Even if that's true, wouldn't the wise thing have been to return to Karachi in order to keep the plane at its allowed capacity?

"After takeoff, immediate landing back at Karachi was not possible as it required a lot of fuel dumping which was not in the interest of the airline," Adil told Dawn.

Some might conclude, therefore, that the only reason the captain kept flying was to save the airline money.

Wasn't there just a slight safety risk? What if oxygen masks had been required? Where would the seven have got theirs? And what if there had been a need to evacuate the plane?

I contacted the airline to ask about this excess (human) baggage and wondered how it might have happened. I will update, should the airline find the capacity to reply.

Dawn says that the airline only began to investigate after the newspaper highlighted what had happened. The airline told the BBC it has no idea how long its investigation might last.

However, given that the flight occurred more than a month ago, you might have thought that the nation's Civil Aviation Authority would have become involved. It seems that this didn't happen.

It's a wonder that none of the seated passengers seems to have brought the issue to public attention immediately after the flight.

Still, perhaps it's a sign of aviation joys to come. Some budget airlines, including America's Spirit and the Ireland's Ryanair have examined the idea of standing room only flights.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen. Today your 737 will be a big, flying subway car.

Just imagine how much more money the airlines could make.

And if there's one thing we know about airlines these days, it's that making money is their first, second and third priority.