The growing problem airlines have trying to cope with rising numbers of obese travellers may be solved by a new bigger bench seat design put forward by Airbus.
The aircraft manufacturer has just submitted a new patent for a seating plan for what the company terms “a Re-configurable Passenger Bench Seat’. This would allow airlines to cater for all shapes and sizes as both the chairs and seatbelts would be adjustable for bigger shapes. In the drawings submitted for its patent, the design shows how two overweight travellers could fit easily with an armrest between them or alternatively how that same space could accommodate three more slender passengers. The concept has the potential to solve the larger passenger issue and may also help families who currently pay full price for seats once children reach two years of age.
Airbus say that in modern aviation transport, getting the optimum out of space available in a plane is of financial importance. This is the aerospace group’s latest patent, having previously put forward the idea of a stacking seating system for passengers. They also submitted a patent for detachable cabins and folding wings.