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Aviointeriors Has Two New Seat Ideas for Flying Safely During the Coronavirus

Aviointeriors Has Two New Seat Ideas for Flying Safely During the Coronavirus
Taylor Rains

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, airlines have been taking measures to ensure the safety of passengers when traveling. These include intense cleaning, leaving the middle seat empty, suspending inflight food and beverage service, and requiring flight attendants to wear face masks. More recently, aircraft seat manufacturer, Avioninteriors, has stepped up and introduced two “social distancing” seats as options for battling the spread of coronavirus – the “Glasssafe Seat” and the “Janus Seat.”

Glasssafe Seat

Avioninteriors’ Glasssafe Seat is a seat add-on. The add-on is a separator that can be purchased as a kit and be installed on existing seat to keep the transmission of air and contact between passengers to a minimum. The company gave details of the design on its website:

“”Glassafe” is made of transparent material to make the entire cabin harmonious and aesthetically light, but perfectly fulfilling the objective of creating an isolated volume around the passenger in order to avoid or minimize contacts and interactions via air between passenger and passenger, so as to reduce the probability of contamination by viruses or other.”

The company also explained that the glass can be opaque or ordered with different levels of transparency, and are easily cleaned and hygienic.

Janus Seat

Similar to the Glasssafe Seat, the Janus Seat is surrounded by a shield of material meant to isolate passengers from one another. However, the difference between the two is that the Janus Seat has the middle seat facing backward, and the aisle and window seats facing forwards. The opposite-facing design gave the seat its name – Janus – which is the name of the two-faced god of Ancient Rome. Avioninteriors details the purpose of the seat on its website:

“”Janus” is a two-faced seat, in fact this arrangement allows all three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone. Each passenger has its own space isolated from others, even from people who walk through the aisle.”

Like the Glasssafe Seat, the Janus Seat can also be ordered with different levels of transparency and is easy to clean.

What do you think about these seat designs? Would they make you feel claustrophobic, or would you prefer sitting in a seat with a barrier between you and your neighbor? Let us know in the comments!


[Image Source: Aviointeriors]

View Comments (16)


  1. PDXLexus

    April 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I think they’re both dumb designs. Given the pitch the seats currently have, the people in the middle and window seats will have a near impossible time getting the aisle. As it currently is, you generally have to slide across the seat to get out. And, with the second design, if your airline of choice has IFE in the seat back, you can kiss that goodbye.

  2. MaxVO


    April 30, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Lawmakers should consider these factors:
    1. Whatever they mandate, they have to provide.
    2. Hard partitions should not become a cutting surfaces in the event of a hard landing.
    3. A permanent partition will prevent an oversize person from spilling over or occupying 2 seats. Can they be thus excluded from air travel?

  3. Tharos

    May 1, 2020 at 5:34 am

    I noticed they included the jerk who spreads his legs wide apart and tries to hog your space. My choice would be Janis seats.

  4. AanneSFO

    May 1, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Elegant concepts. Side benefit: will keep seat mates from encroaching on one’s space. Downside: will make getting in and out of seats more difficult than it is already. Expect resistance from POS.

  5. Mediaink

    May 1, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I think this is a fantastic idea! Not only more sanitary, but it clearly defines each passengers “space.” However I think there will be pushback from flyers who are larger, and cannot easily encroach on the seat next to them if this shield is in place.

  6. dginil

    May 1, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I would prefer either one to current configuration that offers no chance to distance and no protection. Frankly, the amount of close contact with total strangers air travel necessitates, esp for long stretches, is creepy regardless of concerns about pathogens. While I would prefer the Janus configuration when I travel solo, I can imagine that would be less popular with passengers flying as couples or with kids.

  7. gay

    May 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

    I prefer a barrier so I don’t get squeezed by someone’s body fat.

  8. BC Shelby

    May 1, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    …the best solution would be just to close down the middle seat and expand pitch for now so passengers are not sitting almost on top of one another

    In the Glassafe Seat the seat pitch in steerage class pits the backof the seat back in front very close to the face thus it would not only offer little protection but make getting in and out of a seat even more difficult than it already is. The Janus concept which was featured a while ago would have one passenger facing two others with no protective shield as well as complicate evacuation in the case of an emergency.

  9. flyingtall

    May 1, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I’m willing to try either, especially with the side benefit of constraining neighboring passengers from encroaching on my space. I can see that Janus could be awkward for couples but I can see that facing each other could have advantages as well. I can see either configuration working only if seat backs are not movable.

  10. dragonlady13

    May 1, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Janus certainly presents some possibilities for additional comfort (everybody gets their own armrests and defined space! No seat reclining! ), but I doubt that it does anything for spreading the virus since the person in the middle seat spends the whole flight facing the window and aisle seat passengers – given current seat pitch, I’m pretty sure that’s nowhere close to “socially distant”.

  11. avw

    May 1, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    These are bad, impractical ideas.The biggest problem is that they would be unsafe in event of emergency evacuation. Can you imagine people running for their lives around those plastic dividers? Also, they would probably break frequently as people fell over them trying to get into and out of their seat and as passengers pull their carry ons from the overhead which will fall onto them. The Janus seating has one person directly facing the two people in the next row. What happens when the rear facing passenger coughs right in the direction of the people he faces? And who wants to fly sitting backwards? No, better to just put a bag over our heads! This will all be more controllable in the coming months. In the meantime, masks and sanitizers will work. And the sick people must stay home!

  12. mhrb

    May 2, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Clearly neither actually work hence the mock ups designed by someone’s eleven year old.

  13. pkk

    May 2, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Too bad they used photoshopped people shrunk down to make it look good. Actual photos would not look so good. Can’t imagine evacuation times being acceptable with Janus seat.

  14. jwhite4

    May 5, 2020 at 4:29 am

    The Janus seats would be a complete reconfiguration of an aircraft’s interior. I don’t see that happening now, or even quickly. Plus how does controlling the overhead light, AC vent, or call button work for the middle seat.

    The glasssafe separator, someone pointed out that would slow boarding and egress. I thought FAA sets the planes capacity at how many people can be evacuated in a given timeframe. Would that test need to be redone if this was installed?
    How about if you are a couple traveling together. Or a family with children. Do you want to be have greatly reduced access to them?

    Also, would these need to be something that would need to be cleaned between each flight? Looks like a hard surface that I thought was the type that the virus tends to survive on the longest.


  15. visalli

    May 6, 2020 at 6:28 am

    With the cash flow of air companies increasingly empty, it will be difficult for them to have financial conditions to make such a change. In addition, it would have to be FAA approved which would further increase the amount to be invested. Good solutions but no money!

  16. rsbrux

    May 25, 2020 at 1:27 am

    Changes to seat configuration are irrelevant until the ventilation system is capable of filtering the aerosols / viruses out of the recirculated air.

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