Would you want to site on a flight facing other passengers?
A UK company Design Q thinks you just might---if the price is right.
The Daily Mail reports that Design Q is pitching a new aircraft design that will put customers facing each other. The idea: Pack more passengers on a plane and improve the revenue picture for airlines. These cabin set-ups would be designed for short flights.
The big question: Will it work?
It's possible. I'd rather face people than get stuck in the middle row between two burly folks. And if I get a fare cut why not?
The other thing: This design is good enough for the military so it's likely that the business types will survive too (with a lot of whining I'm sure). Here's how the military sits (via Baslerturbo.com):
However, no airline will go out on a limb with a redesigned cabin without a few partners. Can you imagine a dramatic cabin overhaul that flops? An airline would be bankrupt in no time as passengers shunned it.
Nevertheless, the airline cabin is desperate for a redesign. Any bright ideas?
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com