AirGo: Economy seating for the 21st century airline
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In his application, Yaghoubi noted that AirGo was essentially an attempt to democratize the seating process – all passengers, he wrote, have the right to a consistent experience. "No matter what other passengers do, a passenger should receive the very same services he/she was promised," he added. He continues:
Therefore in an AirGo cabin, you have an independent space for your seat and for your carry-on bag as well. The back support is made of flexible, but strong nylon mesh which readily takes the shape of your body to avoid fatigue and additionally prevents sweating. Unlike older designs, keeping such seats clean is as easy as replacing this recyclable net. A set of 3 motors gives you the ability to customize the seat based on your posture to avoid neck and back pain. Instead of having a footrest on someone else’s seat, the footrest is now part of your seat and can be controlled to maximize comfort.
Gothamist says AirGo seats would only take up 16 percent more space than regular airline seats, which ain't half bad, when you think of it. We're also especially fond of Yaghoubi's idea to include independent touch screens on each seat, both as controllers for the various seat functions, and as entertainment hubs.
No word yet on whether any of the major airlines are considering installing the AirGo system on their jets.
But we're not holding our breath.