My latest travel piece for BuzzFeed News is a brief, somewhat sarcastic look at a new Airbus patent for airplane seats. Because it’s still in the patent stage the seats haven’t been built yet, but here’s what Airbus imagines them looking like:
The idea is that they will use the supposedly wasted space in the air above the normal seats. Here’s a more detailed view:
And here’s how they will fold down to offer reclining positions:
The reaction to these seats has been universally negative. And indeed it does look like a nightmare.
But I will say this: When I tested out JetBlue’s Mint first class I noticed that in the reclined position the seat lowered significantly, to the point that I felt like I was lying way down by the floor. This wasn’t a problem — I was quite comfortable — but I did notice it.
Which makes me wonder if maybe this configuration might work. I mean, I would prefer not to have someone smashed into my face, but if I could lay all the way down maybe this wouldn’t be so bad?
I don’t know. This configuration does look very cramped, and in any case it’s only a patent and may never actually be built. In any case, here’s the link to my BuzzFeed News post again.
— Jim Dalrymple II