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Least Comfortable Airline Seat Ever

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In order to take advantage of cheap travel options such as cheap airplane tickets, discount travel deals, and cheap vacation packages, most passengers understand, though may not like the fact, that coach class seats are a little small and close together in order to fit as many passengers on a plane as possible.

Airbus applied in July for a patent that would likely create the least comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design calls for saddle shape seats that can fold up when not in use. Passengers would sit upright, with a small seatback supporting their lower spines. Gone are cushions, padded armrests, and tray tables.

Personal space would also be a thing of the past. This new seating plan would allow airlines to cram more passengers into limited cabin space.

The Airbus patent contends that current seating configurations have reached their passenger limit but numbers can be increased by switching to saddle style design seats. It says the saddle format will accommodate four seats into the space previously occupied by three.

Airbus asserts in its patent application that “Reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours.” The key word here is “tolerable.” Coach airline passengers have learned over time to tolerate an increasing amount of discomfort in the air, while pay ever increasing fees, in order to fly.

“Enjoyment” used to come with flying. Now “toleration” appears to be the standard. The question is when does “toleration” become “outright suffering” as a result of the new seat design.

This type of seat design idea was first floated in 2010 by an Italian design firm that called its design “SkyRider” and was designed so that planes could fit rows 25 percent closer together, placing passengers’ legs at an angle beneath them instead of in front of them.

A Washington Post commenter suggested that airlines could increase cabin capacity by using “suction cups that line the ceiling and latch onto your head. You could probably dangle 400, maybe 450 people on your average size plane. Plus any wallets or loose change that falls out of your pockets legally becomes the property of the airline, creating a new revenue stream on turbulent routes.”

Airbus said that the filing of its patent does not necessarily mean that its new seat design would be saddling up to its planes anytime soon.

Even if this new seating option is fully developed, Airbus acknowledges that it will be up to individual airlines to choose their seating configurations and type.

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