New Airline Seating Patent Promises True Sardine Experience

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Like Sardines in a CanThe quest to achieve the highest passenger density ratio per square inch might be one step closer with the patent application of the Economy Class Cabin Hexagon.

Zodiac Seats France believes this design will allow for better storage of cabin passengers while providing low-fare cargo more “space available at the shoulder and arm area.”

The kicker? You have the opportunity for two passengers staring at you the entire flight.

The seating arrangement is such that middle passengers face rearward toward their opponents in the same row; hence providing the greater amount of shoulder room due to the arms being higher than the legs. This provides an efficient use of space as the knees together compliments the adjacent width of the opposing cargo’s pelvis.

hex-seatingIn an ideal sardine can, every other row juxtaposes the fish where the wider head meets the other’s tail section; thus achieving efficient packing. Zodiac Seats’ solution provides this benefit to the airlines. Stacking passengers vertically is unfortunately prohibited by regulators. Yet, it might be a possibility in future Virgin Galactic flights due to the absence of gravity.

Maybe this new invention will spark interest in developing passenger service for UPS, Hanjin, and Norfolk Southern.

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53 thoughts on “New Airline Seating Patent Promises True Sardine Experience”

  1. As I have said before, if you can’t afford Business Class, stay home and save until you can. It is impossible to enjoy a vacation begun in Coach. Maybe on the return flight because it aligns with your vacation is over. If it weren’t for Business Class I would never fly, impacting the $$$ taken elsewhere to spend. Buy lots of fun things to do at home. Check on the highest ratings of hotels by travelers. Just because we had to spend one overnight with our daughter and family, we elected an airport gigantic hotel and for $100 were treated like royalty. Really American business is unmatched in the special touches no one notices because they aren’t Americans and we expect such things. So, stay home, spend one night, perhaps Wednesday, at a gigantic, use your entire time, they don’t force you to leave before 3:00. Have your luggage held for pickup. Pool time until 5, change to casuals, putting wet things in plastic lined high-end label. Sit in gigantic atrium, have some hors d’ouvres and a drink. Get your luggage, drive home, and straight to bed. You have vacationed. Apply rest of cost to Business Class savings plan.

  2. “oliviaxlarosa”

    Treason, insurrection, “High crimes and Misdemeanors.”

    The English penalty used to be to “draw and quarter” the traitor.

    Where do you find in any founding document or related record, a statement or implication that the

    government should nationalize any industry or business?

    Inefficient and ineffective enterprises suffer those conditions because of government meddling.

    Government is not the solution, government is the problem.

    Competition, markets, time, success and failure make businesses adept or not.

    Free consumers direct money to the best product. Let the best man for the job, do the job.

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    trained by collectivists to believe you are a victim and therefore “entitled.” In a natural world your “attitude”

    would be much more deferential and appreciative of simply having the freedom to innovate and create by

    opening a business or to apply for a job as “help.” Imagine taking care of yourself and

    being self-reliant without the benefit of affirmative action and the entire spectrum of welfare.

    I find the Founders clearly establishing Justice, Tranquility, Common Defence, Promote General Welfare,

    while leaving every other human endeavor as the “blessings of liberty” which are freedom and free enterprise

    without interference by government.

    Additionally, I find that very practice in place in 1789 so that there is no ambiguity.

    You are more subversive than the Supreme Court.

  3. The more they stack, the less overhead bin storage allotted/prisoner, I mean passenger. At some point, there will be no more bags brought onboard bigger than the small space underneath your seat.

    That is also a good point that this might have consequences during hard landings or survivable crashes.

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