Airplane manufacturer Airbus has found a new solution for getting more passengers on board each plane: make the seats even smaller than they already are. They have filed a patent for a new type of seat that takes away anything they called “bulk” on their patent application (so, basically anything that makes the seat comfortable – like cushions, headrests, seat backs, and tray tables).
These new seats resemble a bicycle seat. Passengers would basically straddle the seat, and they would be given small armrests that would serve to keep them balanced in a more or less standing position during the flight. The seats can then be folded vertically between flights or when not in use to allow for more room on the plane. The reduced space would make cleaning the plane easier, and it would make the flight attendants’ jobs a little simpler by allowing them to pass through passengers more effectively.
Not everyone is sold on the idea. The Washington Post got a hold of the patent drawings and has already dubbed them “the most uncomfortable plane seats ever,” but it certainly could allow airlines to boost revenue by eliminated extra space and packing more people on board. For a shorter flight, it may not be so bad. For a long flight though? Sounds pretty rough. Even the current options for plane seats are pretty uncomfortable. It’s hard to image something as stripped down as what Airbus is proposing.
Take a look at the drawing:
What do you think?