A french design company has filed a patent in which it proposes face-to-face seating arrangements for commercial flights in order to squeeze more passengers in.
According to Sky News, Zodiac Seats France, a manufacturer of aircraft passenger seats, has designed a new seating configuration that would radically change the way we sit on commercial flights.
The ‘Economy Class Cabin Hexagon’ would see the middle passenger seat rotated 180 degrees so as to create more space.
Other than the patent, there is no evidence that this new arrangement will be adopted in the airline industry yet.
In 2012, budget airline Ryanair proposed the idea of a ‘standing cabin’ as part of a cost cutting measure, with the company’s CEO calling commercial planes “just a bus with wings”.
Airbus, and China’s Spring Airlines have also since looked into the idea of having a vertical passenger seat.
Samoa Air became the world’s first airline to charge passengers according to their weight rather than by the seat they purchase.