A few weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about a photo that showed a new form of seating being tested for airlines (see below). It’s called the Sky Rider, and is a “saddle” rather than a seat. It allows airlines to reduce legroom by seven inches, and could potentially double the number of people that could fly on one flight. It is being suggested for short-haul flights around the world.
The initial, and expected reaction, was one of horror and “No, this can’t be right”. Why is this almost always some people’s instinct response to something new and different?
I can see many benefits to using the Sky Rider seats. Here are just a few:
- Standing is actually better for you than sitting – more air to the lungs, less likelihood of DVT, better circulation, and so on.
- Standing for a few hours is not unusual – many people do it all day for their jobs or at concerts and sport events. And they do so without access to a rest for their buttocks which this saddle provides.
- More people on a plane means less planes need to fly, which means we can reduce carbon emissions, reduce airfares and reduce airport congestion.
- It will reduce the price of airline tickets.
- It’ll be easier to get out and go to the loo…
Don’t just say “No” next time you see an innovation. Stop and think about it a bit:
The future of air travel? Quite possibly. And a potentially good thing too.