Is this what flying economy will look like due to coronavirus?
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Could this be the future of economy cabins, where plane passengers are shielded from each other by plastic screens. Italian-based design firm Aviointeriors has come up with two cabin concepts aimed at helping to prevent future pandemics. The ‘Janus’ layout would see the middle seat on a row placed in a reverse position, the Janus takes its inspiration from the ancient two-faced Roman god and has a reversed centre seat, while the ‘Glassafe’ concept sees each seat fitted with a hood.
Aviointeriors says the Janus seat will ‘ensure the maximum isolation between passengers seated next to each other’. While passengers seated on the side seats, aisle and fuselage, continue to face in the direction of travel, the passenger sitting in the centre is facing backwards. Aviointeriors explained: ‘Each passenger has their own space isolated from others, even from people who walk through the aisle. Glassafe, meanwhile, is described as a ‘kit-level solution’ that can be installed on existing aircraft seats. It would see screens installed around the top of the seats, which Aviointeriors says would make sitting in ‘close proximity safer’.