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:

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The idea is that they will use the supposedly wasted space in the air above the normal seats. Here’s a more detailed view:

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And here’s how they will fold down to offer reclining positions:

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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?

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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

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Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Editor in Chief of Tripping Over the World. Also, reporter at BuzzFeed News.

2 comments

  1. At first glance, it looks like people are laying down under other passengers’ butts. But then you look closer, and it doesn’t look too bad. But having a person above me — or the ceiling of the airplane that close to my head — would feel too claustrophobic.

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