Thursday,  August 6, 2020  8:14 pm

Is this how airplane seats will look after COVID-19?


Is this how airplane seats will look after COVID-19?
Italian manufacturer Aviointeriors has designed two new airplane seats. (Aviointeriors)
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

While much of the aviation industry is on hold as a result of COVID-19, some companies are getting creative and using this down time to revamp their products and services.

Italian manufacturer Aviointeriors has designed two new airplane seats that just might be the perfect solution for getting comfortable at 36,000 feet while respectfully practicing social distancing from your neighbour (pandemic or not). 

One of the two seating concepts features a glass partition that divides your seat from your neighbours', while shielding the face. 

Its main selling point is that it's a reasonably cost-effective way to add an extra layer of protection amongst passengers in close proximity to one another. 

The second seat concept has a name—Janus—and it's a lot more intense than any plane seat currently on the market.

If you've ever taken public transit, you're more than aware of how awkward a long ride can be when you're forced to lock eyes with a stranger seated directly across from you. 

This is basically the concept for Janus, minus the interesting subway ads to keep you from making that eye contact on an eight-hour flight. 

The centre seat has been flipped around so that the aisle seat and window seat face forward, while the person in the centre seat faces backwards.

Will Janus be the new way to fly after the pandemic? (Aviointeriors)

But, despite the awkward arrangement, in an Instagram post, the company writes that the Janus seat actually "allows all three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone." All individuals remain protected despite foot traffic through the aisle, too.

For some, this might seem extreme, but with WestJet already no longer selling the middle seat, anything is possible, right?


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