As if flying isn't bad enough


Locutus
#1
Airplane cabin's face-to-face design draws ire of travellers



Itís only a proposal, an "exploratory concept" that would force flyers to face each other in-flight. But already the patent, submitted by one of the largest airline seat makers in the world, is drawing the ire of the Internet with critics using words like "nightmarish," "horrifying" and "evil" to describe the reimagined cabin configuration.

Because in its designs for the Economy Class Cabin Hexagon, French firm Zodiac Seats proposes turning the middle seat around so that flyer is forced to face his or her seatmates throughout the entire flight.

The logic? Reconfiguring the cabinís traditional forward-facing rows into an hexagonal design would add 30 additional seats, eliminate fights for the elbow rest and give passengers up to four more inches of legroom, says Zodiac.


But the idea of having to spend the duration of a flight trying awkwardly to avoid eye contact with seatmates is enough to draw howls of protest and indignation from the Internet.

In fairness, the proposal is meant for short-haul flights.

But that doesnít seem to dull the reactions to having to look seatmates in the eye.

"Evil plane seat design would ruin whatever good remains of air travel," writes The Verge, for example, which pulls out all the stops in describing the plan, calling it everything from "nightmarish" and "dystopian."

Furthermore, the concept would exponentially increase the potential for "rampant butt touching," they point out.

But could a plan for aft-facing airplane seats really be any worse than bicycle-saddle seats?

Because last year, a similar scenario played out on the Internet when we got wind of another patent that proposed turning traditional seats into bike-style saddles to cram more people onto the plane.

The seat was described as a "torture device" and "terrifying" and "painful."


Airplane cabin's face-to-face design draws ire of travellers | CTV News (external - login to view)

 
Dixie Cup
#2
I'd be too busy reading to care ...


JMHO
 
Walter
#3
It's done on most other mass transit vehicles where you sit or stand every which way, why not on planes.
 
lone wolf
+1
#4
How's that work in sudden stops with nothing to brace against?
 
petros
#5
Better. No biting the seat ahead of you because there isn't one. Airliners are built for midgets. I always sit in the emergency exit row to get the extra leg room.
 
Tecumsehsbones
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

How's that work in sudden stops with nothing to brace against?

Actually, sitting facing the stern is safer. That's why the U.S. Air Force sets up its planes that way.
 
lone wolf
+1
#7
If everyone faced the stern I wouldn't have posed the question. This solution is for bigger profit - not passenger safety. It makes about as much sense as switching to right hand drive - but for trucks and busses only
 
EagleSmack
+2
#8  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

How's that work in sudden stops with nothing to brace against?

Sudden stops of airplanes (when they occur) is an even bigger problem than seat facing.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
+1
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Sudden stops of airplanes (when they occur) is an even bigger problem than seat facing.

I think the problem is the nose of the plane may stop suddenly but the rest of the plane takes a bit more time.
 
petros
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

If everyone faced the stern I wouldn't have posed the question. This solution is for bigger profit - not passenger safety. It makes about as much sense as switching to right hand drive - but for trucks and busses only

Airlines don't give sh-t about passengers, they make their money on cargo.
 
lone wolf
#11
Cargo doesn't sue
 
petros
#12
Cargo is far better insured nor does it vary in weight by 200kg for one ticket. Passenger fares should be set by the kg.
 
Walter
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

How's that work in sudden stops with nothing to brace against?

How's it working in trains and buses.
 
lone wolf
#14
Different seat-floor attachments ... and not very well
 
SLM
+1
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Airplane cabin's face-to-face design draws ire of travellers



Itís only a proposal, an "exploratory concept" that would force flyers to face each other in-flight. But already the patent, submitted by one of the largest airline seat makers in the world, is drawing the ire of the Internet with critics using words like "nightmarish," "horrifying" and "evil" to describe the reimagined cabin configuration.

Because in its designs for the Economy Class Cabin Hexagon, French firm Zodiac Seats proposes turning the middle seat around so that flyer is forced to face his or her seatmates throughout the entire flight.

The logic? Reconfiguring the cabinís traditional forward-facing rows into an hexagonal design would add 30 additional seats, eliminate fights for the elbow rest and give passengers up to four more inches of legroom, says Zodiac.


But the idea of having to spend the duration of a flight trying awkwardly to avoid eye contact with seatmates is enough to draw howls of protest and indignation from the Internet.

In fairness, the proposal is meant for short-haul flights.

But that doesnít seem to dull the reactions to having to look seatmates in the eye.

"Evil plane seat design would ruin whatever good remains of air travel," writes The Verge, for example, which pulls out all the stops in describing the plan, calling it everything from "nightmarish" and "dystopian."

Furthermore, the concept would exponentially increase the potential for "rampant butt touching," they point out.

But could a plan for aft-facing airplane seats really be any worse than bicycle-saddle seats?

Because last year, a similar scenario played out on the Internet when we got wind of another patent that proposed turning traditional seats into bike-style saddles to cram more people onto the plane.

The seat was described as a "torture device" and "terrifying" and "painful."


Airplane cabin's face-to-face design draws ire of travellers | CTV News (external - login to view)

Um, yeah. People are going to die.....because they will murder each other. Nobody wants to be face to face with a stranger for a transatlantic flight.
 
petros
#16
The Pacific flights are twice as long.
 
SLM
+1
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Sudden stops of airplanes (when they occur) is an even bigger problem than seat facing.

Lol. I was just going to say " such as when it hits the ground?"
 
petros
#18
Seat 12F is a must on a 737-700
 

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