DailyDirt: Unicorns, Santa, Comfortable Airline Seating...

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It's so easy to get frustrated waiting in an airplane, even though everything is amazing. At the same time, it's vindicating to see reports that airlines actually do have some of the least comfortable seating, literally by design. Here are just a few links on the future of airline seating that may or may not surprise you. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2014 @ 7:32pm

    Back in the old days, you had the front seats in econ face backwards creating a small area where people would face each other (trains do this a lot) Family's and large parties loved this kind of setup since you could watch small kids etc.

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    Sheogorath (profile), Jul 29th, 2014 @ 7:36pm


    Airbus filed a patent for a particularly cruel form of torture that would maximize the number of passengers that can be crammed into a plane.
    What if you didn't need to use your seat cushion as a flotation device?

    The two links above both lead to the article about the ergonomic seats. I know because I had to view the source code of this page to get around the Barracuda block on shortened links.

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    Ninja (profile), Jul 30th, 2014 @ 3:00am

    I'm big enough that my tight is long and my knees are pushed into the front seat the whole flight for some plane layouts. In that sense it could be somewhat better to me as the backs of the seats aren't solid. On the other hand the passenger in front of me may get out of the plane suffering from a severe crisis of "knees in the butt". At least for me it's going to be a "soft" experience.

    No really, I hope that monstrosity never makes it into commercial airliners.

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    Richard (profile), Jul 30th, 2014 @ 3:35am


    I faced backwards on my very first flight in a Trident - most of the seats were that way around (it is definitely safer in a crash). Later I flew on an experimental flight in a Nimrod (A converted Comet airliner which still had many of its airliner seats). The seats were arranged in 4's, each around a table as used to be standard on trains.

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    michael, Jul 30th, 2014 @ 11:56am

    Has anyone in the history of commercial aviation actually used their seat as a flotation device?

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