Making air travel even more unpleasant?

Over recent years, air travel has become a less and less enjoyable passenger experience.  Notably the increase in security at airports has meant queues and hassle; budget airlines have given us low cost but the pay off is a scramble to get a seat, paying for loads of extras, etc.

Now it seems that the industry is making moves to make it even less comfortable with this new concept in seating called the SkyRider that is proposed for short flights of less than 3 hours - see http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS293848794420100913. As you can see the official photo doesn't look too bad.


However, these images of the demo seats suggests it would be a pretty unpleasant experience and probably not tolerable for most people.

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DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: Making air travel even more unpleasant?

Monday, 20 September 2010

Making air travel even more unpleasant?

Over recent years, air travel has become a less and less enjoyable passenger experience.  Notably the increase in security at airports has meant queues and hassle; budget airlines have given us low cost but the pay off is a scramble to get a seat, paying for loads of extras, etc.

Now it seems that the industry is making moves to make it even less comfortable with this new concept in seating called the SkyRider that is proposed for short flights of less than 3 hours - see http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS293848794420100913. As you can see the official photo doesn't look too bad.


However, these images of the demo seats suggests it would be a pretty unpleasant experience and probably not tolerable for most people.

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