Home Non Cigar Related
Options

HEY LOOK THE MOST NIGHTMARISH IDEA FOR PLANE SEATING EVER

EulogyEulogy Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭
FLYING ECONOMY IS terrible. TSA checkpoints, crap food (or no food at all, which might be better), middle seats. But things can always get worse, thanks to airlines desperate to crank up profits by cramming as many of us into the cabin as possible.

Usually, that means taking away space for our legs and shoulders, or putting 11 of us in a single row. More than one airline has explored standing options for short flights.

One of the few comforts we economy class fliers have left is our right to strap on noise-canceling headphones, stare at the back of the seat in front of us, and pretend we’re on a beach, or at home, or in a modest-sized jail cell—anywhere, really.

Now that right is at risk. Zodiac Seats France, an industry supplier, has patented a new seating configuration that rips out the (horrid) middle seat in favor of one that faces the rear. With “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon,” you get more neighbors than ever before—and they are right in your face.

The goal of the design is “to increase cabin density while also creating seat units that increase the space available at the shoulder and arm area.” To be fair, it seems to do that—because you’re no longer facing the same direction as your immediate neighbor, you have more shoulder room. And if you’re traveling with your kid or spouse, being face-to-face can be nice (we guess).

But if you’re around the sort of people one usually sits next to on airplanes, it would be horrible. At least if you’re all facing the same direction, you can pretend they don’t exist. Here, if you’re a human with peripheral vision, fat chance of that. We were horrified a few months ago at Airbus’ patent for a virtual reality helmet to mask the pain of being airborne in economy. Now it sounds like a decent idea.

Good news is, the “Hexagon” is just a patent, and Zodiac has no public plans to make it a reality. If it does, it would have to pass a battery of tests, including passengers’ ability to quickly evacuate, and the seats’ capacity to withstand 16g forces in the event of a crash. So that buys you some time to save up your money for a private jet, or at least a business class seat.

Comments

  • Options
    EulogyEulogy Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Plane travel is bad enough without gazing into a strangers eyes while being forced to hold hands.
  • Options
    The3StogiesThe3Stogies Posts: 2,652 ✭✭✭✭
    Makes joining the mile high club a little trickier now too.  Speaking of evacuation, wonder if there's another bathroom for the increase in flow, or you're stuck in the middle section and have to go.  
  • Options
    First_WarriorFirst_Warrior Posts: 3,287 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm done flying. Got on a plane a couple of years ago and felt like a lemming. Being 68 does have it's benefits.
  • Options
    ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Posts: 2,106 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't fly often, but if they ever more to that seating arrangement I don't think I would ever fly again.
  • Options
    jlmartajlmarta Posts: 7,881 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm done flying. Got on a plane a couple of years ago and felt like a lemming. Being 68 does have it's benefits.
    I feel pretty much the same way, Rodger. There was a time when I flew fairly frequently but "Them days is gone forever" I'm afraid. The airlines have only themselves to blame.....  :|
  • Options
    RhamlinRhamlin Posts: 8,970 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I always have a couple stiff drinks before a flight and just go to sleep. 
  • Options
    ChemnitzChemnitz Posts: 1,300 ✭✭✭
     That picture reminds me of a can of sardines.
  • Options
    EulogyEulogy Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's not far off. I can't imagine them actually putting it into practice, but it's scary that the airline industry is hiring people to come up with even worse ways to travel.
  • Options
    MartelMartel Posts: 3,306 ✭✭✭✭
    If it gives me more shoulder room, I don't care who I have to look at!  Bring it.
    Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

    I like Oliva and Quesada (including Regius) a lot.  I will smoke anything, though.
Sign In or Register to comment.