The Flying Saddle: Would You Give It a Try?

schwit1 quotes SFGate: Airlines are squeezing as many passengers as they can onto their jets, but one seat manufacturer believes its product can help carriers push capacity to the absolute limit. And it may help push down fares.

Say goodbye to whatever personal space you had left.

At this week’s Paris Air Show, lots of curious convention-goers eagerly wanted to try out Avio Interior’s “SkyRider” saddle-like airplane seat, but that’s probably not the reception it would get if people found it installed on their next flight.

SkyRider passengers would lean on a bicycle-seat type cushion that sits higher than your traditional airline seat. Legs sort of hang off the saddle, as they would if you were riding a horse. The seat back sits straight up, forcing good posture. A knee cut-out provides another precious few inches of legroom.

You’re neither sitting nor standing — you’re sort of leaning.

Airplanes can install the seats in part of their planes as an alternative to more expensive seating options, the article points out. But it also notes that the company “is still looking for its first buyer…and has been for nearly 10 years.”

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