Stand-up airline seats on the way… cheaper flights and no more bashed knees, but would you book one of these?

Want a little more legroom on your next flight? You could soon be travelling with totally straight limbs thanks to a stand-up airline seat.

A new stand-up airline seat that could be coming your way

A new stand-up airline seat that could be coming your way. Image: Aviointeriors

Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors has revealed a design that could let passengers stretch their limbs by providing extra legroom without paying big-money prices for Business or First Class tickets.

The upright seats are similar to the versions already found on buses and trains in the UK, with the passenger almost vertical.

The seats are similar to the 'standing' seats found on trains and buses already - albeit with increased padding and restraints

The seats are similar to the ‘standing’ seats found on trains and buses already – albeit with increased padding and restraints. Image: Aviointeriors

Unlike the seats on current public transport, the aircraft versions revealed at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, have a safety harness, armrests and contoured base for stability and comfort.

The seats also have additional padding and a pole to attach them to the ceiling of the plane.

Is a stand-up airline seat coming to your flight?

The seats would mean limbs could be fully extended without the need to pay extra

The seats would mean limbs could be fully extended without the need to pay extra. Image: Aviointeriors

Along with cutting the risk of bashed knees, the SkyRider 2.0 seats could also bring down the cost of air travel by allowing airlines to squeeze in more passengers by increasing the number of rows.

A spokesman for Aviointeriors said: “The design of this seat enables to increase the passenger number by 20% allowing increasing profits for airline companies.

Vertical seating could cut costs of air travel as airlines fit more rows in

Vertical seating could cut costs of air travel as airlines fit more rows in. Image: Aviointeriors

“Furthermore, Sky Rider 2.0 weighs 50% less than standard economy class seats and the reduced number of components enable minimum maintenance costs.”

This is the second attempt at vertical seats by the firm, previously it released a version that was more akin to a horse riding saddle – a concept that failed to ‘take off’.

Would you book a seat such as this for your next flight?

Would you book a seat such as this for your next flight? Image: Aviointeriors


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