Tuesday, September 14, 2010
As if you needed one more reason to avoid commercial airline travel.
A new “saddle” seat, called the “SkyRider” will be unveiled at a conference this week, and is designed to increase the number of seats an airline can have in economy.
The seat — designed by Italian firm Aviointeriors Group, is shaped similar to a horse saddle, and pitches passengers at an angle, halfway between sitting and standing, and allows just a tiny 23 inches of legroom, about seven inches less than the average seat’s space of 30 inches.
The seat maker says the seat would allow discount budget airlines to cram even more passengers into their tight cabins.
Aviointeriors Group claims the seat is perfectly comfortable for flights anywhere from one to possibly even up to three hours.