7 Innovations that Will Transform the Airline Experience
The Paperclip Armrest—it might be coming to an airline near you. (Photo: found on Paperclipdesign.hk)
We have seen the future of airline travel—and it could mean an end to armrest wars. The innovative Paperclip Armrest features a double-decker design that lets two people share without touching. Finally, there could be elbowroom, even in the middle seat.
The award-winning idea by Hong Kong-based Paperclip Design has taken flight—at least on the Web. ”The idea for the armrest came about when I was at a seminar in a crowded lecture room while studying at MIT,” the 30-year-old Paperclip Design Director James Lee told Yahoo Travel. “The guy next to me was using the armrest, and I had nowhere else to put my arms, and I realized if the armrest had more level[s] I could have rested my arm underneath his elbow.”
And Lee’s design isn’t a flight of fancy. He told Yahoo that he has been hired by an aircraft seat manufacturer to design an economy-class model that will go into production soon.
Lee isn’t the only one thinking about how to make flying less miserable. Here, six more ideas to make travel better.
The double-decker design may put an end to armrest wars. (Photo: found on Paperclipdesign.hk)
A better boarding pass: Another idea that we’d like to see soon: Peter Smart, a frustrated frequent flier, has created an easier-to-read boarding pass after a series of trips left him mystified by the code-filled documents.
More cushy seats in coach: Some airlines are giving passengers ways to get more comfortable—for a fee. Allegiant Air is offering giant seats in some rows of coach, for example. And Air New Zealand introduced "cuddle class" last year, so travelers can fully lie down in economy class.
The Skycouch in Air New Zealand’s cuddle class makes sleeping on a plane far more comfortable. (Photo: found on AirNewZealand.com)