New patent could mean passengers fly on the roof of the plane

New seat technology could mean that passengers fly on the roof of a plane.

New patent could see passengers fly on the roof of the plane

New seat technology could mean that passengers fly on the roof of a plane. Dubbed ‘SkyDeck’, this radical innovation could redefine the window seat.

In an era where airlines are looking to squeeze more bodies inside the plane, Windspeed – the aerospace technology company that created SkyDeck – hopes to add a few to the outside of the plane.

The 360-degree bubble housing two seats would be accessed via an elevator. Passengers would then be able to rotate their seats for an enhanced view of flying at 300,000 feet.

"Current inflight entertainment offerings have not changed much over the decades," Windspeed told CNN.

"We wanted to come up with a product that would provide a higher level of entertainment to reduce the boredom of long flights."

The SkyDeck is in its infancy, but it is hoped that such technology could be installed on planes – at a cost of around US$10 million – in the near future. And while it may be the ultimate first-class seat on some airlines, others may offer it on a pay-per-use basis.

Would you book a seat in the SkyDeck? Are you excited about this technology?

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    MICK
    24th Feb 2018
    7:11am
    Not without suncream. 100+
    Sounds like a novel idea but unlikely it will come to fruition as pretty dumb idea.
    Polly Esther
    24th Feb 2018
    8:19am
    A lot more comfy than hitching a ride in in a wheel well :-))
    Tib
    24th Feb 2018
    1:53pm
    But maybe not as exciting :)
    Meggie
    24th Feb 2018
    9:35am
    Looks exciting! But I hope 'flying at 300,000 ft' is a typo?
    Tib
    24th Feb 2018
    1:48pm
    Clouds .. More clouds ..... More clouds coming up...... Yawn even more clouds. I'd just like a seat where I wasn't jammed up tight beside some hefalump I would cross the street to avoid.


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