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Skyrider 2.0, the Airline Saddle

Airlines are always looking for ways to make a few cents more, but the most lucrative way to do that is to squeeze more passengers into each plane. We're at the point now where average-size people are uncomfortable in economy class, even for short flights. How much smaller can airplane seats get? Okay, since you asked... let me introduce you to the Skyrider 2.0. It braces passengers and gives them something to lean against while they stand through the flight. I am not kidding.

Engineered by Italian aerospace interior design company Aviointeriors and introduced at Hamburg’s Airplane Interiors Expo in earl April, the seat positions a willing passenger almost completely upright on a polyester saddle and back support. It seems well thought out, it’s reportedly very functional, and it even looks good.  But I’ll still never sit on one.

Airlines can stack these only 23 inches apart, which means in the future, we may have to board with a lot more fellow travelers. Read more about this abomination at FastCo Design.  -via Digg

(Image credit: Avio Interiors)

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There seems to have been plans for standing airline 'seats' for quite awhile. I'm most definitely in the vast, vast minority here, but I would welcome these. After about an hour and a half into a flight, my knees get so damn sore that I can hardly stand it. I just feel so squished-in in economy seating and there's no room to stretch out your legs or even move them around a bit to find a more comfortable position. And I'm short and scrawny at 5'8", 140lbs. And I'm also fit. Once my knees get sore, all I want to do is stand up. I don't care if it's a 12+ hour flight. I'd rather be in those standing seats than a cramped sitting position.
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