Delays, canceled flights and getting stuck in the middle seat may no longer be people’s biggest worries about flying.
A new opportunity awaits: double-decker style airplane seats. Just like the bus, one row above the other with the upper level is reached by stairs.
“Fresh hell has just fallen,” twitret author Amber Sparks in response to a CNN article on the design.
Others on social media also reacted to the posts. Author Kaz Weida twitret: “I will return to comment on this when my claustrophobia allows me to breathe again.”
The prototype at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, shows a lack of luggage storage overhead in favor of an area between the two rows.
This leaves them in the top row with only 4.92 feet between the seats and the top of the plane, which means that passengers will not be able to get up to get out.
The designer, Alejandro Núñez Vicente, claimed that travelers already have to squat with the way current economy seats are designed.
Those sitting in the bottom row have the opportunity to stretch their legs because there are no seats right in front of them; But the problem with this row is that it can make some travelers feel more claustrophobic than a middle seat does now.
Some Reddit users are appalled by this idea, as one commented, “break both your knees at the same time when you hit turbulence!”
“It used to be that you just wanted to die, with this you die while being crushed,” wrote another Reddit user. “Another comment mentioned being farted, then dying while being crushed and farted on. Imagine not dying right away, you have to smell it, your last smell. There are worse ways to die, but there are also better ways. ”
The designer had a plan to revolutionize what it means to fly a bus. When he was frustrated by the lack of legroom, the 21-year-old set out to design a new seating model for aircraft. Núñez Vicente has taken a break from Delft University of Technology to pursue this project, which is entitled Chaise Lounge Airport seat and is currently in the prototype phase.
“If you asked me before, I would have said that it might just be a university project. If you asked me now, after all the hard work [work], after all the efforts of many, many people – I would say that now this is more of a reality. We see it as the future of the economy class, he told CNN.
In response to those who think the original seating arrangement is better, Núñez Vicente said he tries to pay extra attention to negative comments because he is so young and wants to improve.
“One of the sentences I get a lot is ‘If it’s not broken, why change it?'” Said the designer. “So if passengers are still flying in the worst economy class seats, why should we give them a better option? It makes money. That is the goal of the airline at the end of the day, not to make your plane better.”
Núñez Vicente said he has received investment for the project and is in the process of talking to both airlines and seat manufacturers.
“My purpose here is to change the seats on the economy class for the benefit of humanity, or for all the people who can not afford to pay for more expensive tickets,” he said.