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Airbus patent application: Bicycle seats for airplanes

Old Jul 13, 14, 10:50 pm
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Airbus patent application: Bicycle seats for airplanes

The newest attempt to squeeze in more passengers appears more absurd than previous similar schemes:

How far will the airline industry go to squeeze in more passengers per plane?

The question arises after France-based Airbus Operations submitted a patent in Europe for a new passenger seat that resembles a bicycle seat with a small backrest. It has no tray table, no headrest and very little legroom.
http://www.latimes.com/business/trav...711-story.html

Actual patent application linked in article diagrams with more detail:

http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publi...C&locale=en_EP
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Old Jul 14, 14, 1:01 am
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If you were a larger individual, you might seriously get stuck in one of those seats!
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Old Jul 14, 14, 3:19 am
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Just because it's patented, doesn't mean they're doing to start offering these. I'm pretty sure they offer something for vertically packing passengers, but I doubt they would offer that either! Can you imagine standing only "seats" for a 14 hour transpac?
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Old Jul 14, 14, 6:10 am
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I would even doubt that such a seat would get the approval of authorities due to the lack of back support during a crash or abrupt halting manouver.
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Old Jul 14, 14, 6:56 am
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Reminds me of AF Y
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Old Jul 14, 14, 8:20 am
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It kind of looks like the 'standing' seat Ryanair looked into a few years ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar...tickets-4.html
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Old Jul 14, 14, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by tireman77 View Post
It kind of looks like the 'standing' seat Ryanair looked into a few years ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar...tickets-4.html
RyanAir's was a bit extreme space wise.

But this would be a pain in the A** when in turbulence. If anything RyanAir's stand up seats seem safer and more comfortable.
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Old Jul 14, 14, 10:42 am
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Getting ever closer to the "knock 'em out and pack 'em in" model I've wondered about for the last few years. Unconscious "passengers" won't complain about discomfort and are super cheap to transport.
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Old Jul 14, 14, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by DanielW View Post
If you were a larger individual, you might seriously get stuck in one of those seats!
If you were a larger individual, that seat might seriously get stuck in you!
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Old Jul 14, 14, 3:08 pm
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Originally Posted by mapu View Post
Reminds me of AF Y
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Old Jul 14, 14, 4:22 pm
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Or perhaps a fleshlight-like airplane seat? You know, for us guys?
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Old Jul 14, 14, 4:43 pm
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Sometimes I think the folks who file these absurd patent applications are simply trolling the traveling public. Probably someone has won a bet over at Airbus by getting the media to pick up on it.
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Old Jul 14, 14, 5:27 pm
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Sometimes I think the folks who file these absurd patent applications are simply trolling the traveling public. Probably someone has won a bet over at Airbus by getting the media to pick up on it.
So you're saying Ryanair or Asia X wouldn't try this if it was approved?
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So you're saying Ryanair or Asia X wouldn't try this if it was approved?
So if this does get approved, RyanAir would stop purchasing Boeing's?

How would the purchase of 2 seats work for oversized peeps on ryanair
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How the heck are they going to satisfy the 14 CFR 25.562 (b) requirements?
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