Thursday, July 16, 2015
After years of financial struggles, the nation's airlines are now collecting hefty profits thanks in part to industrywide efforts to squeeze more seats into the economy section of most planes.
If you thought airlines were finished trying to shoehorn more seats into each plane, think again.
One of the world's largest airline seat makers, Zodiac Seats France, has applied for a patent to reconfigure the seats on airplanes so that every other passenger in a row is facing toward the back of the plane.
To make it easier to exit, the seats flip up when a passenger stands, like the seats in many movie theaters.
This seat design is called an Economy Class Cabin Hexagon. It can increase the number of passengers who can fit on a typical Boeing 767 by up to 80 fliers, depending on the existing layout.
The nation's airlines may be running out of ways to align and configure seats, said Jason Rabinowitz, data research manager at Routehappy.com, a website that compares airline seats and amenities.
This article originally appeared on latimes.com
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