The hexagon design proposed by Zodiac features forward and backward facing seats. (Photo: Zodiac)
More passengers on a plane equals more money for airlines — it’s simple math. That’s why one designer is capitalizing on this equation by introducing a seat system that will make passengers face each other.
That’s right, Zodiac Aerospace has just filed a patent for what they call “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon.” The plan shows a hexagonal design that consists of alternate forward and backward facing seats.
So what would this mean for you? First, it means that you will be looking directly into the eyes of a stranger during your flight, which will likely lead to those awkward and uncomfortable conversations you try to avoid. But never fear, the back of seats will still include tray tables and televisions, so passengers will have something to stare at other than each other.
The UK based manufacturer claims that this new seating arrangement will maximize the number of passengers that can be seated on a plane. In addition, it will also end the battle armrests once and for all…because there won’t be any.
The patent from Zodiac Aerospace shows seats without armrests. (Photo: Zodiac)
Zodiac is one of the largest manufacturers of aircraft passenger seats in the airline industry, but they aren’t the only ones trying to cram more passengers onto planes.
In April, Boeing announced that their 737 MAX aircraft will enter service in 2017, and plans to feature 189 seats (currently the Boeing 737-800 has about 160 seats).
Not to be outdone, the Airbus A320neo is set to be released in late 2016 and was intended to come with 180 seats. But in March, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) gave permission to add 15 additional seats, bringing passenger capacity to 195.
Goodbye space, hello leg cramps!
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