Sunday, July 26, 2015

Airlines Take Lessons From Sardine Companies On How To Pack Em In...

This sardine seating configuration could be the new way you'll be flying on short haul flights.
At least you'll be able to flap your elbows a bit more than you can now.
Zodiac Seats has recently applied for a patent for it's Economy Class Hexagon Design which will give people more shoulder room, leg room and arm room. And more bums on seats.
But 'Class' in Economy?
I don't think so...


  1. Having just flown back across the Atlantic in economy, with the usual attendant claustrophobia and lower back pain, I'd love any kind of seating changes which would provide an improvement.

    But...really? Hours of time spent with your backside glued in place, trying to NOT make eye contact with half the plane, including people sitting 6 inches away?

    Fun. I predict a lot more unplanned aggressive interactions simply because the design puts passengers into an inherently antagonistic juxtaposition.

    And how the heck do you get out of that thing? Does everyone have to do the Time Warp in the aisles when a middle passenger needs to go to the loo?

    Moreover, with this design, there is no direction passengers will be able to turn to avoid having dozens of flickering screens sucking anything resembling a coherent thought out of their brains.

    Plus which...what happens when a plane has a less than perfect landing? I think the german term is: 'menschenauflauf'.

    If I had enough vacation, I'd take a boat.


  2. Can't wait until they get to the jam in a jar level.

  3. Seems to be more and more as to how an airline can make a person unconfortable and screw them out of a dollar. How can they expect people not to get upset with the way they treat them?
    I haven't flown in fourty years and have no need to fly but I remember the days when airlines treated customers like customers and made the flight enjoyable and comfortable.

  4. This is not going to work out well. Lots of in-flight freak outs may be reasonably anticipated. The airline industry must be getting really desperate for any kind of profit margin. My guess is that their days are numbered.


  5. I think Val nails it. Just not a good business model. There really is a limit to customer's acceptance of bad treatment simply to get somewhere. As video conferencing stability and quality improves, business has fewer incentives to subject their sales forces to a half-life of airline travel and airport time wastage. Sadly, that will also mean an increased isolation level for those unwilling to endure the forced contact inherent in hurtling through the skies as sardines in a can...