New double-decker style seat design on planes could let all passengers lie flat
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Being able to lie completely flat in an airplane is the travel dream, but until now it has been reserved for those who can fly business class.
However, a new design by a start-up company has created a double-decker cabin with two rows of seats, which would mean that every passenger could have a flat seat.
Zephyr Aerospace originally had plans to provide more space for passengers, but the concept would also give travelers more isolation, which could give travelers more confidence in flying after the coronavirus crisis.
The design means that standard aircraft cabins can accommodate two levels of passengers with the same amount of space, so vacationers don't have to sit shoulder to shoulder with other passengers.
Photos of the plans in bunk bed style show that the passengers can sit in rows one above the other and one below the other and can reach the top level by pulling out a cleverly hidden staircase.
The seats would be built in rows of 2-4-2 across the cabin, so airlines would not have to reduce the number of passengers on each plane.
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Instead of squeezing the passengers upright, the nifty prototype uses the empty space between the cabin seats and the overhead cabin. When both rows of seats recline, passengers on long-haul flights can have more time to sleep.
During a long-haul flight to Singapore, designer Jeffrey O’Neill came up with the brilliant idea.
"I'm with what is probably the top rated airline in the world and I get wonderful service and the food is edible but I can't sleep," he told CNN.
"[It was] really uncomfortable. Why is it so difficult to find an affordable way to lie flat on a 19 hour flight? "
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Mr. O'Neill had the moment of the light bulb after remembering a long-distance bus ride he had taken where the bus contained bunk beds, and he slept much better. It occurred to him that airplanes could use a similar design.
“We basically upgraded a completely different seat to another, so it's essentially two levels.
"It's not as high above the floor as people could imagine, it's only four and a half feet above the floor from the entry point to the lower seat to the upper seat."
Although the new seating concept is still in its infancy, it is good to know that we will soon have a viable solution to travel to faraway places again by plane.
And what can you not love about flying with more legroom, additional privacy and the possibility to lie flat?
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