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:
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.