The Washington Post found the most unusual patent application ever. Would Airbus actually plan to use this monstrosity?
As if it weren’t already a complete joy, air travel is now poised to become even more comfortable — with a new kind of seat that’ll encourage you to get, um, real friendly with your neighbors.
Airbus has filed a seat patent that appears to pack people in without all the clunky cushions and awkward folding tables, in an apparent bid to save valuable space on its aircraft.
Its cushions are shaped liked bicycle saddles, and when the seats aren’t being used, they fold vertically to save space. Cutting down all that “bulk,” as the patent application puts it, lets you do a lot more with the limited real estate on board.
This could potentially make air travel even more economical than it already is. If you’re willing to put up with it — and most people would be, Airbus predicts, so long as the flights are short — it’d be far more efficient than the way we currently fly, loading huge metal-and-plastic contraptions onto planes just so they can cradle our fleshy rear ends.