New reason to hate flying: Proposed line of saddle-like airplane seats.
The “SkyRider,” a new airplane seat design to be unveiled this week sits passengers on a saddle-like seat for the duration of their flight. The new compact seating aims to save airlines money by cramming in passengers. “Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle,” Dominique Menoud, director general of Aviointeriors Group told USA Today. Menoud says the SkyRider could be its own class of seating where passengers would pay lower fares, while airplanes would benefit from more ticket sales due to the narrowly spaced “standing” seats. The seats would also offer storage space for passengers, including a self for luggage and hooks for jackets or purses.
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Aviointeriors, the Italian design firm who invented the SkyRider concept also said several airlines have expressed interest in the seats – including a few in the U.S.