If you thought plane seats were uncomfortable and could not get any worse, think again. Zodiac Seats France, the airline seat manufacturer, has patented with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) the “Economy Class Cabin Hexagon,” which is being hailed as the worst airline seating arrangement to date.
Zodiac Seats France has decided to turn around the middle seat 180 degrees so as to maximise space but this arrangement means uncomfortable eye contact with your neighbour while you are watching your in-flight infotainment screen.
The patent also has some illustrations. Here is figure 1:
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This new set up would make travelling by air supremely uncomfortable. Have a look at the figure below and imagine how awkward it would be to try and get up to go to the bathroom and not to mention what would happen in time of turbulence.
Zodiac Seats France may have gotten the patent but that does not necessarily mean that they will make this seating arrangement a reality.
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However, it does mean that some ingenious fellow or group of people got this idea, the company decided to go ahead with it and then approached an international organisation to get it patented, all because someday they thought they might want to create such an arrangement.
This article originally appeared on The Verge
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