People have been attempting to redesign the airplane for quite some time now.
First, we told you that airplane seats were getting smaller. Then, we told you about a new design that basically forces you to stare at fellow passengers.
Now, Airbus, one of the leading plane manufacturers worldwide, has patented a new seat design – and it looks like a panic attack waiting to happen.
The design involves literally stacking passengers on top of one another.
The aircraft would feature a split-level mezzanine with seating down the middle rows that alternates between floor level and an elevated seating level. The passengers on the elevated level can access their seat via a stair (we told you it sounded like a panic attack in the making).
The company says that this type of seating would make it possible to fit more seats into premium cabins, where passengers are usually seated six across. The good news is that each seat reclines into a lying position.
According to Airbus, who submitted the plans to the US Patent and Trademark Office this month, the seating arrangement could also be adopted in other means of transport, like buses, or trains (likely minus the reclining seats).
The plane manufacturer wrote, “In modern means of transport, in particular in aircraft, it is very important from an economic point of view to make optimum use of the available space in a passenger cabin. Passenger cabins are therefore fitted with as many rows of passenger seats as possible, which are positioned with as little space between them as possible.”
Are we going to have to be the ones to tell them that in modern means of transport it’s also important not to have to sit on top of people?