Airbus Wants to Patent Even Less Legroom
Airbus is seeking a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for airline seats that would shrink the "excessive necessary distance" between rows.
The bicycle-like seats would have no significant backrest, no tray table or cup holder, and seemingly no comfort.
This type of design would allow for more seats to be crammed into an airliner, which could mean more revenue for the airlines that could offer lower fares.
There is no indication, however, that such seats would be proven safe in the event of an accident or incident.
Ryanair famously attempted to sell "standing room only" tickets on their flights which would offer their passengers a cheaper ticket in exchange for a strap or handle to hold on to, instead of a seat and a seatbelt.
Regulators laughed at the idea and killed it before a prototype could ever be developed.
Airbus claims that they have no current plans to design seats like this for any of their aircraft, but rather would like to secure the patent now in case the future of air travel dictates the need for terrible seats.