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.