Air travel can be pretty terrible. You know it, I know it, and the CEOs of the airline companies know it, as they line their pockets with the money and drink from your tears of unfathomable sorrow. They shove people into uncomfortable seats on top of each other in a floating sardine can and charge you an arm and a leg for it, meanwhile luxury airlines are charging $21,000 for, essentially, a two-bedroom suite for an eight-hour flight. Must be nice.
But Airbus today filed a patent for a new line of new “standing seats” for economy class that, frankly, resemble Bicycle seats and look like they were designed by the Marquis de Sade.
Talk about a pain in the ass.
Airbus claims that they’re just filing a patent for this kind of seat, and it may never see actual production or widespread-use throughout their fleet, or any fleet, but I’ll bet you just about anything that if they could do it and get away with it, they would. They’re an airline, they’re only interested in making a buck.
Many airlines and airplane manufacturers want to maximize space so they can squeeze more people on flights and, thus, make more money. Notable airlines that do this include Ryanair, the airline that’s famous for introducing standing-room airfare and pay-bathrooms, or Spirit Airlines, who, despite being an airline without a single, solitary frill, is basically completely sold out for years in advance.
Face it, folks. The days of comfortable air travel and attentive service you saw in “Mad Men” and “James Bond” films have gone the way of TWA and Pan Am. Flying has basically become as comfortable as taking the Subway.