Is this the future of aircraft cabins?

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As people start to think about air travel again, an innovative company has suggested two solutions to stop the spread of germs.

Aviointeriors, a company that produces aircraft cabin interiors and passenger seats, has come up with two solutions to stop the spread of germs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The first solution is called Glassafe and features a transparent partition that can be installed on existing seats between passengers.

The material is easy to clean and because it is transparent reduces the feeling of being boxed-in, while also minimising the sharing the air between passengers and lessening the possibility of virus contamination.

passengers on a plane with glass protective barriers in between seats

According to the company, Glassafe can be supplied in an opaque material with different degrees of transparency.

The second solution is much more radical and draws inspiration from Ancient Rome.

It suggests reversing the direction of  seats centred between two others, which ensures the maximum isolation possible between passengers seated next to each other, and is called the Janus Seat after the two-faced god of Ancient Rome.

While passengers seated in the side seats, aisle and fuselage, continue to be positioned in the flight direction as usual, the passenger sitting in the centre is facing backwards.

The arrangement of the Janus Seat allows all three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone.

Using this solution means that each passenger has their own space and is isolated from others, even from people who walk through the aisle.

The centre seat that faces backwards is surrounded on three sides by a high shield that prevents breathing directly in the direction of the adjacent seats.

Do you think we will see these features introduced into air cabins soon? Which option would you prefer?

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Written by Ben


Total Comments: 16
  1. 0

    Is this the future of aircraft cabins?


  2. 0

    What about husband and wife? Surely they can sit beside each other. It can’t be a one size fits all.

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    Not only is this one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve seen in along while, it also sounds like an excellent way to send the cost of air travel “sky high”, if you will. Who are the pea brained clowns who come up with this sort of lunacy.. Don’t ask me how, but we’ve been traveling in planes seated beside each other for over a hundred years now without a problem. Now, because of a germ that has killed less people than the seasonal flu, the road toll, heart attacks, cancer, deaths caused by doctors and hospitals, and more, they want to introduce this form of stupidity? Has it not occurred to any of these Einsteins that all passengers are trapped in the same aluminum tube breathing the same air as everyone else ? For crying down the sink we are getting dumber by the day.

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      Got to agree. And the costs, well flying interstate in Australia can be a terrible cost if you haven’t been online hunting specials, I think a total brand new invention is the only way, I ‘d call that new invention “VACCINE”!!!!!

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      Come on Funkee, have you never been part of a brainstorming session. Brainstorming, used a lot in the engineering world, is where any idea, no matter how stupid and ridiculous, is put on the table for discussion. Some really innovative and ground-breaking engineering solutions have germinated from a someone’s brainfart.
      As for reverse seating, not a bad idea. At least one major air force, cannot remember whether is is RAF or USAF, have all passenger seats rear facing, the theory is that a crash landing is more survivable with rear facing seats.

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    I doubt it , the costs and the problems with it will make flying quite a different thing for the average person when they think about their pocket. ESPECIALLY FLYING IN A LARGE COUNTRY LIKE aUSTRALIA 3 OR 4 HOUR FLIGHTS , HOW COULD ANYTHING BE GUARANTEED ON A 20 HOUR FLIGHT?
    A 737 with 3 seats either side narrow aisle in the middle is cramped and claustrophobic any way without being locked into plastic or glass containers. What about the safety issues ?

    I think modern technology better come up with a fool proof idea or fully protective masks. Or wait until they have a vaccine!

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      Something has to give. If air travel cannot be made Covid-19 safe without making it too expensive alternative travel options need to be explored. For domestic travel (except Tasmania) rail or road travel could be the better option, For Tasmania and international travel the only option is by sea. The next option is to stay home.

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    Partitions will not work until airlines start to make people over a certain size, mainly obese passengers to book & pay for 2 seats so they don’t or can’t overflow into the seat next to them. Same as the Janus seating won’t work for the obese. Will be a lot more enjoyable flying without the obese passengers encroaching on my paid for space. Don’t ban them from flying but they’ll have to be accommodated differently to the rest of the flying public.

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    John… are you another whose answer to this over hyped plandemeic is yet another vaccine? We don’t need one. We have several cheap, highly effective, readily available cures (not treatments) for this man made flu. So many people have swallowed the media bullshit about it all and have become so scared, even terrified of it. If you do a bit of research and absorb what ‘the other side’ are saying and apply a bit of critical thinking you’ll quickly see what a gigantic scam this has all been. All smoke and mirrors yet again, just like 9/11 and WMD’s. The silhouette of a little kitten can look like a big tiger when the light is cast upon it in the right way. Quit with fear. BTW, would you volunteer to be a guinea pig for the new vax they already have? QLD govt. is looking for volunteers. Just saying.

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      Yes Funkee, I would volunteer to test vaccines, While it may be said I am too old at 76, I would respond that if it works and is safe for me then it is safe and works for my kids, grandkids, their kids and so on. If it kills me, well I am going to die anyway I may as well go out doing something useful for my kids rather than hunkering down at home and watching Foxtel.

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      I tend to agree with you Funkee, from everything I have read not just in mainstream media it is the biggest scam of all time just to give more power to Governments, big corporations and the elite rich. People are dropping like flies from cancer, heart disease and other preventative diseases but it all seems to be accepted as normal these days. Humans are the fattest and sickest they have ever been all because those same big corporations keep spewing toxic fumes, spraying toxic fumes, and poisoning our food, water, rivers, oceans and air. Since processed food was introduced into the world for example disease has risen. And while this so called plandemic is happening the global econome is being crushed and there will be more people dying of starvation and other poverty related dieases Seems Bill Gates plan is working to reduce the world population and he is not even medically trained but seems to have a lot to say about vaccines too.

  7. 0

    If only !!! love it looks terrific, no more squashed 3 in a row with no room to move or breathe.

  8. 0

    Any germs or viruses will still float around the cabin if someone sneezes it goes up in the air with turbulence and back down on someone else.

  9. 0

    It is surprising how many people get travel sick travelling facing backwards. I hope they have a lot more “sick” bags in pockets ready for passengers. It may be that there will be too much gap for people to be able to reach them

  10. 0

    Has anyone asked how the rear facing passenger moves from their seat to the aisle? The suggested configuration puts the same passenger in direct diagonal line with those forward facng to his left and right in the next row back. Surely that’s worse than the current pattern.



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