Uh-Oh: Airbus Applies For Terribly Uncomfortable Looking 'Saddle Seating' Patent

July 17, 2014


This is a rendering from a patent recently filed by Airbus for rows of saddle seating, presumably for a new travel class known as 'shit class'. Airbus says the new seating configuration will allow them to fit four seats for each three previously. No word why all the guys in the pic look like they're about to start a sex train.

The design shows narrow rows of folding saddle seats with low backrests on which passengers perch rather than recline.

The patent application, which makes even the most budget of budget airline seating look luxurious, was published last month and is available for viewing by the public.

As CNN reported last week, a new study says the vertical passenger seat may be the next big cost-cutting move in aviation.

Upright seat designs would allow airlines to pack more passengers into a cabin and provide an affordable alternative to public transportation on short haul flights.

Oh thank God, they're only for short haul flights. Because I couldn't imagine myself sitting like that for longer than an hour. Oh who am I kidding, I couldn't sit that way for ten minutes. And most Americans probably couldn't sit that way at all. Honestly, I think I'd rather take my chances tied to a wing. 'The smoking section' they'll call it.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who had this to say: "Please arch your back in the upright position. (my best joke EVER!)" Heck yeah, I love it when I don't have to do any work.

  • o0THX11380o

    oh HELL naw!

  • asdfasdf
  • zin

    "No word why all the guys in the pic look like they're about to start a sex train."
    They are walking the dinosaur.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    The IT doesn't look so bad anymore, does it?


  • steveday72

    That was my exact first thought too!

  • Conrado Parra

    maybe for military use...

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Why not just put everybody standing up like in a train or bus? It doesn't makes much difference at this point.

  • sir_AshHat_V


  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Put bars like in bus and trains for people to hold. This is ultra economic section!

  • sir_AshHat_V

    This was actually suggested before (By Virgin I believe) and it was shot down, turbulance is a lot more common/extreme I believe. There was some recent occurrence where peoples heads were hitting the ceiling and cracking the plastic in an airplane.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    You know that I'm making fun of the cheapness of this setup right?

  • sir_AshHat_V

    Sarcasm transfers poorly over the internet.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Yeah, I have this problem...

  • zin

    It would probably be healthier for blood circulation to stand up & just stretch & flex your legs once in a while.

  • baal

    Next up, they'll patent comfy restraints. If you pack people that closely together, it helps to keep them from moving around too much. Maybe they could use ship hold designs from the slave trade era?

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  • antalicus

    Looks like air travel in the future may be more comfortable via Fedex

  • zin

    I don't see why we don't just knock-out travellers with anaesthesia, pack them into capsules & load them neatly into containers.

  • MustacheHam

    Now there is something worse than the TSA to look forward to for air travel. ( o___o)

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