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Airbus’ New Stacked Seating Designs are Terrifying

“It is very important from an economic point of view to make optimum use of the available space in a passenger cabin.”

First they started charging for luggage, and we said nothing. Then they started charging for meals, and we remained silent. Now, the latest development in the neverending quest to make air travel unbearable. Airline manufacturer Airbus just filed a patent for a unique new seating layout that stacks passengers on top of each other like Jenga blocks. If this diabolical seating arrangement ever becomes a reality, there will be another human being sitting directly on top of you when you fly. To quote Airbus, “In modern means of transport, in particular in aircraft, it is very important from an economic point of view to make optimum use of the available space in a passenger cabin.”

via US Patent and Trademark Office


via US Patent and Trademark Office

Airbus isn’t the only company looking to make aerial comfort a thing of the past. Recently, Zodiac applied for a patent for a design that allows you to site face-to-face with a total stranger during your flight. This charming arrangement is known as the “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon.”

via US Patent and Trademark Office

(H/T Conde Nast Traveler)

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