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Economy class to become cattle box April 15, 2007

Posted by dorigo in news, travel.

Premium Aircraft Interiors Group, a british society designing aircraft interiors since 1933, will present in Hamburg this week a project to add one seat per row to economy class cabins of the new Boeing B747 and similar carriers.

The idea, which is sold as a innovation creating space from void, appears to be that of alternating forward-facing seats with backward-facing ones. This way, the arm rest space can be significantly reduced – human bodies need more space for their shoulders than they do for knees and forearms – and the amount of transversal space saved is enough to create one more column of seats. Rather than a 3-4-3 configuration, a 3-5-3 one is possible. See the sketch on the left, which I stole from  a description in the site of Corriere della Sera .

What can I say… I am happy I will fly much less in the future (my involvement in the experiment at Fermilab is coming to an end in the next couple of years). I think Universities and research institutions should start to reconsider their policy of forcing their personnel to travel Economy class: a 9-hour flight in a cattle carrier is a significant source of stress, and people would start to avoid short trips and favor longer ones.



1. Kea - April 15, 2007

What is the world coming to?! Imagine having a couple of slobs either side of you sneezing right in your face for 12 hours…Ugggh.

2. Bee - April 15, 2007

hmm, how about people who travel together and want to sit next to each other? It’s hard to tell from the pics but wouldn’t they essentially talk to their neighbors earrings? Also, I like the standard rows – in case the flight isn’t fully booked you can be lucky and have all three seats to stretch out over.

I would like the idea if they’d just use it to make more space per person. But if they use it to squeeze in another row, let me state the obvious: if you squeeze in more people into the same space, there’s less space per person, even if it is used more efficiently. There’s just a limit where closeness to strangers becomes uncomfortable.

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