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Old July 18th, 2014, 10:42 AM
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Thumbs down Airbus proposed new seat design

News broke earlier this week that Airbus filed a patent for what might be the least comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Illustrations show a three-seat configuration in which passengers would sit upright, with a small seatback supporting the lower spine. Gone are cushions, padded armrests, and tray tables. Gone, too, is personal space: The new seating plan would likely allow airlines to cram more passengers into the limited space of the cabin.

In the patent, Airbus asserts, "Reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours." Says who, we wonder? Even the shortest commuter flights are already cramped and uncomfortable.
But Airbus gets at something essential in their statement by using the word "tolerable." Airline passengers (especially those in coach) tolerate an increasing amount of discomfort, while paying ever-increasing fees, for the luxury of flight. A long time ago, "enjoyment" became "toleration." With this new seat design, are we at the point where "toleration" becomes "outright suffering?"
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Old July 18th, 2014, 02:13 PM
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are we at the point where "toleration" becomes "outright suffering?"
Not yet, most patents are just ideas not a plan to build said item. How about adding 300 exercise bikes and replacing a generator with human power

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They may have done this in response to budget airline RyanAir. I heard about their president floating the idea last year.

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It would be a very cold day in hades before I would fly sitting, and I use the term loosely, on one of these contraptions. I would pay more money to a competitor with "real" seats, take the train, or drive. I sincerely hope they don't plan to start offering "real" seats in first class only, while offering these "bicycle" seats to coach flyers.
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Old July 20th, 2014, 04:31 PM
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It almost looks like it would be better to standup the whole flight then to sit in that thing
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