Thanks to Adient, a company that has currently submitted some of its airplane cabins redesign ideas to the 2023 Crystal Cabin Awards, the middle seat may become a cabin concept of the past.
There is probably not a more inconvenient or uncomfortable place to sit on an airplane than the middle seat of your row. Thanks to Adient, a company that has currently submitted some of its airplane cabins redesign ideas to the 2023 Crystal Cabin Awards, the middle seat may become a cabin concept of the past. Later this year, the Crystal Cabin Awards will be handed out at the 2023 Airline Interiors Exposition in Hamburg, Germany.
Anyone that has ever had the pleasure of sitting in the middle seat of an airplane row can attest to the many frustrations that arise while occupying that particular seat for the duration of a flight. Just trying to stand upright for anyone taller than five feet knows it is the first seat in the row where headroom is lost because of the overhead luggage storage compartments. This causes almost every adult to have to scrunch down when standing up, making it uncomfortable on your lower back.
Anyone who wonders why you would ever need to stand up on an airplane flight has never had the pleasure of sitting next to a window seat passenger with a small bladder. Every time that passenger needs to use the restroom, you have one of two choices. First, you can try and pull your legs as close to the seat as humanly possible and turn your ankles awkwardly outward to allow a sliver of room for them to slide through even though you couldn’t slide a piece of paper through the opening, and they wind up climbing over you to get out. The second option is standing and making your way to the aisle to allow them passage to leave the row, and you must repeat either of these two moves when they return.
Not to mention if you desire to rest on the flight to pass the time. You must balance yourself better than a circus highwire act so you don’t wake up with your head on the shoulders of one of your row neighbors. This ensures even if you do accomplish the impossible and find the right balance that, when you awake, you certainly are not feeling rested at all.
According to CNN Travel, “while Adient’s design works with the restrictions of pre-existing cabin configurations, the “Multicabin” concept from Spanish architecture company Taller De Arquitectura T36 seeks to completely overhaul the airplane cabin.” This redesign of airplane cabins also includes a mixture of real and virtual windows. The designers are clear that the main focus of the new layout is to rid the world of the middle seat entirely.
This design is getting traction from airline carriers because the layout provides the flights with added seating capacity without the use of middle seats. More seats in the same space would equal more revenue for airlines if they decided to purchase plans utilizing this design. The primary concern of the invention is that emergency exits on the aircraft are much less noticeable and that safety concerns could ultimately derail the chances of companies committing to buying aircraft with this layout.