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. Definition of Heaven:

    A place where the police are British, the cooks are French and the engineers are German.

    Definition of Hell:

    A place where the police are German, the cooks are British and the engineers are French.

  2. What’s next? A hole cut in the middle of the seat, allowing one the opportunity to avoid getting up from the seat to use the lavatory? Just think of the additional seats which could be added by eliminating the need to construct bathroom facilities! The back of the headrest could hold toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

  3. Sell them enough alcohol in the pre-boarding lounge and the passengers won’t care how tight they are packed in. Then the biggest problem will be the width of their laptop computers.

  4. What about the grossly overweight passengers who need to purchase two seats to accommodate their extra girth? Doesn’t look like this design takes them into account. Who designed this anyway? The French? Okay, never mind. Viva la France. What about room for service animals? Doesn’t appear as though that notion was factored into the design either.

    1. “Free people can pay more to avoid this. But, you can’t have it both ways!”

      Actually free people can pay more to avoid this only if the airlines will provide an alternative.

      And it seems to me passengers could, indeed, have it both ways much the way, today, we have first class, business class and other ways of segmenting the market – if only the airlines provided different levels of service and amenities.

    1. Attention: will passengers with sir-names beginning A through M please remove their clothing and grease-up in preparation for being loaded into the passenger bins.

  5. With all the connections the airline industry has with corrupt politicians, they may be able to convince congress to pass a law allowing passengers to be placed under anesthesia, hypnosis or chemical substance that helps passengers forget their humiliating flight experience. Instead of breath mints maybe some fast acting sleeping pills or psychoactive drug can be administered in doses that fade as the Captain says ‘ We are approaching….’ Flying the friendly skies would take on a much different meaning and airline executives can play in their cash bounce houses filled with even more profits and bonuses.

  6. On a recent 13 hour flight I didn’t realize until we were getting off the plane in the morning, that each seat back had flaps at the top corners, on which one could lean one’s head to sleep. The flaps folded forward to form sort of a pillow/head support. Others seemed to make that finding in time to actually sleep more comfortably. So if you are planning a long flight, look for them.

  7. Why don’t they just have passengers recline for the trip. Then they really could load passengers onto beds or shelves and into the fuselage, much like sardines in a can.

    Multiple levels of reclining passengers would likely be the most efficient passenger packing of all.

    Evacuation from the plane during an emergency might be problematic. But when we consider the profit potential from such an innovation, what stock holder would care?

  8. They are squeezing the last penny of profit out of the dollar. I went by Sonic last night for the first time in years. Their breath mint has shrunk from quarter size to dime size. It almost takes tweezers to pick them up. The savings must be measured in nano-cents.

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