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The 'SkyRider' Saddle is the Latest Stupid Airline Seat Idea

September 14, 2010 at 8:32 AM | by | ()

It’s been a little bit of time since we last saw an awful airline seating design, but thankfully designers around the world have been hard at work developing something that looks potentially painful.

The latest airline “innovation” is the SkyRider seating system. It’s one part ultra cramped seating and one part saddle. The bottom of the seat is contoured to your underneath region, so we can all play the role of in-flight cowboy.

Seats will be slightly angled, and passengers will have less than 23 inches between them and the front of the next seat. It looks like there will be limited room for seat back pockets, so we’re a little worried where the in-flight magazine and the SkyMall catalog will go.

The FAA would need to check these things out before giving them approval for installation, and one spokesperson said that it would be probably be difficulty for a stand up design to meet all the administration’s requirements. Finally, the government might actually be helping us out with something!

For now we just have one picture of the new design, but Aviointeriors plans to reveal all the exciting details at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas conference this week. We hardly doubt that we’ll see this option on any legacy carriers anytime soon, but you never know about those pesky low cost carriers. Maybe it won’t be that bad; after all the lady in the picture kind of has a Mona Lisa smirk going on—is she actually enjoying her seat?

So, would you sit in a "SkyRider" saddle seat during a plane trip, or is it no way, Jose for this one? Let us know in the comments!

[Photo: Aviointeriors]

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