from the urls-we-dig-up dept
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.
- The Aircraft Interiors Expo demonstrated some new airline seat designs that could be both space-saving AND comfortable. One design makes things feel roomier by making the middle seat face the opposite way, but it’s possible that some people wouldn’t like the sensation of flying backwards for an entire flight. [url]
- 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. The patent application has some illustrations that are painful to look at, but the application does state that these seats would be useful “more particularly on short-haul links, in order to maximize the return on the use of the aircraft” — but one could easily see an airline extending the usage of this seat design if it proved acceptable to passengers. [url]
- What if you didn’t need to use your seat cushion as a flotation device? Maybe you’d like sitting on an ergonomic airline seat that looks like an Aeron chair with tensioned fabric over an adjustable framework. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.