FLY in the economy has been more and more uncomfortable, as airlines continue to squeeze in extra seats to make money.
But a new design by a start-up could transform air travel by creating two rows of seats inside the cabin – allowing everyone to have a lie-flat seat.
Zephyr Aerospace has come up with some plans to give passengers more space, but also more isolation – that will be the key to getting travelers back in the air as a result of the coronavirus a pandemic.
The seats would be built in rows of 2-4-2 cabin, so that the airlines do not have to reduce the number of passengers on each aircraft.
The designer Jeffrey O’neill told CNN that he came up with the idea, after a long-haul flight to Singapore.
He said: “I am without doubt the best airlines in the world, and I’m wonderful service and the food is edible, but I can’t sleep. “
He added:” [It was] really uncomfortable. Why is it so difficult to find an affordable way to flat on a flight of 19 hours? ”
Mr. O’neill then came up with the idea of fitting a second row of seats where the overhead cabins are currently.
He said: “We essentially retrofitted a different place on top of the other, it is, therefore, essentially at two levels.
“This is not at the height of the ground as one would imagine, it’s only four and a half meters from the ground from the entry point of the lower seat to the upper part of the seat.”
It is not clear if the storage overhead would be replaced elsewhere in the cabin, so that passengers could continue to bring hand luggage with them on board.
Allowing all the passengers to lie flat would curb the arguments that periodically flare between the passengers, when a person is going to push their seat back.
In February, an American Airlines passenger has gone viral after she tried to shame a fellow traveller that she pretends to hit his head to rest after she tilted her seat in a volume
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Passenger Wendi Williams shot the man several times to hit the top of the saddle – but it has let social media spread.
As the man was in the back row, it was impossible to recline her own seat.
Some people have been on his side, saying he must have been taken off the flight, while others believe that the woman should not have reclined his seat.