There’s nothing more dehumanizing than air travel.
If a customs agent hasn’t felt up your genitals yet, than you’re probably being crammed into an already-crowded airplane cabin. Gee, good times.
That’s why this might come as a shock, but you should really enjoy your precious coach seating while it lasts. Why? Well let’s introduce the latest in passenger-squeezing innovation: A new bicycle-style seat with no headrest, minimal backrest, no tray table and just enough legroom to keep your knees from fracturing. Behold:
Coach is looking pretty good right about now, amirite?
The strange seat became a very real idea after France-based Airbus Operations submitted a patent in Europe to start putting them on their aircrafts. In the patent application, it says the invention is meant to reduce space so more passengers can fit onto the already-undersized plane.
Translation: Your comfort < airline’s greed.
See the thing is, anyone who’s ever ridden a bike for more than 20 minutes knows this is a terrible idea. By the time you get off the plane, you won’t even be able to walk right.
But bear with me, fellow travellers, there is some good news. Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn told the Los Angeles Times that these patents are submitted primarily to protect work that may or may not become relevant in the future.
“Right now these patent filings are simply conceptual,” she said.
And hopefully, that’s how they’ll stay.