Aviation

Will this new airline seat fix the legroom problem for tall people?

Lauren Croft

Attention all tall people! Now you can fit on aeroplanes!

Okay, not like you couldn’t before. But was it super comfortable? We think not.

Unless you fly first class all the time – which means you can ignore this.

But for the other 95 per cent of you, listen up; a design company has come up with an idea for plane seats that eliminates cramped leg room!

Now don’t get us wrong, they’re still economy style seats. But PearsonLloyd has managed to narrow the seat from behind, equalling more room for tall legs. How? By separating the headrest from the back of the chair and connecting it through a central spine – allowing passengers to sit with their knees on either side of it.

Luke Pearson from PearsonLloyd told Lonely Planet that whilst not completely shaving the back off economy chairs, the new central spine would give passengers more room to move.

“The new ‘central spine’ of the seat would hold tray tables and other things that passengers need while making it easier to get in and out for takeoff, landing, toilet breaks, or just to stretch your legs.

“The seats have also been designed to allow passengers recline further without annoying the person sitting behind them quite as much,” he said.

If you’re still a bit confused, take a look:

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On a regular economy seat, the tray table and TV would span the entire seat – but in this design, they take up half the room whilst still being functional. In other words, the only difference you’ll feel in the extra leg room on the edges of the seat.

The seats were unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors EXPO 2018 in Hamburg recently, and boy do we hope they’re on planes soon.



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One response to “Will this new airline seat fix the legroom problem for tall people?”

  1. SEAT SHOULD NOT RECLINE AT ALL! inconsiderate of PAX to do so and if one does not recline oneself then one cannot move and besides bad for back and lack of movement not good for DVT. With reclined seats one cannot get in and out and especially on a night flight when one does not wish to disturb the neighbouring PAX so not good at all. The videos onboard to exercise and move ones feet and legs is a waste of time and nonsense. How does the airline expect one to move if constricted by a reclining seat with ones knees up against the seat in front and then the TV mechanism under the seat in front so no foot movement either.

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