New Airplane Design Proposes Seating Passengers Face-To-Face
September 8, 2009 at 3:04 PM
If British design company Design Q gets its way, airplanes of the future will seat passengers in an innovativedare we say interactivehigh-density configuration. More specifically, they intend to essentially seat passengers face to face for the entire trip:
A British design company says it is working on plans for new sideways, staggered seating on airplanes as a cost-cutting option for airlines to maximize the number of passengers on board. Design Q released images of the concept, which has a row of seats facing inward on each side of the plane and two rows running back-to-back down the middle of the aircraft.
Listen. We know that sometimes we can be a little harsh about the so-called "innovations" that so-called "experts" bring to the table. We've even been known to inappropriately dismiss a good idea or two, an overreaction we put down to years of travel having made us jaded. So we want to be very clear about this:
We don't like having to interact with fellow passengers, especially on a 15-hour flight to Hong Kong or a puddle-jumper in the Midwest. There are rules on this. It's not why we get on airplanes. In fact there's a good argument to be made that we travel specifically to avoid other people.
Please airlines, don't make us awkwardly face another human being for an entire flight. You won't like the result and you bet that your customer satisfaction scores will plummet. Also: germs. Dealing with a sneezing and coughing seatmate is bad enough, just imagine them doing it in your face. Just thinking about this concept makes us feel like we need some Purell.
[Photo: Design Q via Flight Global]
· Will Sideways Seating Be Future of Budget Air Travel? [Fox News]
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