According to the Washington Post, Airbus has filed a patent for seats that resemble bicycle saddles in order to cram as many people as possible on board an aircraft. The article compares the seating arrangement to that of a Greek galley. All that's missing is the oars.
But if you squint, the thing looks more like a medieval torture device than lounging equipment. Not to mention all the features you'd lose: Do people eat from their laps? Plug headphones into that pipe-shaped thing? Do the cushions float? And even with all the leg room it looks like you'd open up, reclining looks practically impossible.
Airbus openly acknowledges that packing more passengers on board is going to result in reduced comfort, and that the goal is basically to figure out how far they can go without inciting an airborne revolt.
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