Planes could soon be full of seats where you're practically standing
19 April 2018, 14:23
Plane travel can be a downright uncomfortable experience (if you're not travelling in super important business class).
So, what would make flights more bearable? Seats where you stand up, right?
A new design of plane seats by manufacturer Aviointeriors - called the Skyrider 2.0 - has been created in order to fit more passengers on flights.
The upright seats were presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. They say the seats would pack more people on busy flights, enabling carriers to fit 20% more people into a cabin.
This is due to a reduction in legroom, from around 28 inches to 23.
"The Skyrider 2.0 is an innovative seat," said the company. "It allows an ultra-high density in the aircraft cabin. Skyrider 2.0 opens the travelling experience to a wider passenger market, creating also a useful space for the introduction of mixed classes boarded on the same aircraft.
"Its main feature is the original bottom that ensures an increased upright passenger position allowing installation of the seat at a reduced pitch, while maintaining an adequate comfort.
"The design of this seat enables [carriers] to increase the passenger number by 20% allowing increasing profits for airline companies."
The seats also weigh 50% less than standard seats, and are much cheaper to make.
They added that the seating will be "the new frontier of low-cost tickets and passenger experience". This makes it sound as if we would need to pay more in order to have an actual seat, rather than stand and lean awkwardly for hours on end.
It hasn't been confirmed if any airlines have purchased the seats yet, so watch this (tight) space to see if it actually takes flight.