Seat innovation could speed up boarding

2012-10-02 08:35
 "Speed up the boarding process by installing seats in which the aisle seats slide over the middle seats to widen the aisle from a typical 19 inches to 43 inches." That's the pitch Molon Labe Designs is making to airlines for its new Slider Seat, according to a report on Daily Mail.

Molon Labe Designs claims its innovative seat can cut boarding time in half, essentially this means quicker turn-arounds at airports. Planes fitted with the sliding seats could add an additional two hours flying each day.

How it works is that the aisle seat slides a full foot over the middle seat, which is staggered below and behind the aisle and window seats. With sliding seats on both sides of the plane, the airline gains 24 inches of extra aisle space during the boarding process. Once everyone is onboard, the seat slides back out to the standard width.

Obvious issues could be when the middle seat occupant shows up and can't take his or her seat until all the passengers have boarded. This raises the issue of inadequate overhead-bin capacity - overcrowding typically adds more time to the boarding process.

Molon Labe claims that its design permits the seat bottom of the lowered and staggered middle seat to be some three inches wider than the current standard. But the designer doesn't say much about shoulder-level room—and shoulder room, not seat bottom, is the critical measure of seat width.

Whatever happens to Slider Seat, you can expect to see more such proposals. Airlines are under tremendous pressure to cut costs wherever they can, and seat- and cabin-interior designers are key areas being focused on.

What's you opinion on the Slider Seats, do you think it could work, why not post a comment below?

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