TORONTO – Finally, an airplane with larger seats. But it’s not what you may think.
According to NBC News, Airbus has filed a patent for adjustable benches that could accommodate a couple of overweight passengers or a slim family of four. The patent, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, includes details of bench-style seating featuring a flexible number of seatbelts and storable armrests that could seat up to four people and help optimize cabin space.
In a series of mock-ups, the French plane maker shows the benches could adapt to seat either two large passengers, three average-sized adults or a family with two small children. This is especially beneficial to seniors, families with small children as well as passengers with restricted mobility.
However, the downside of the proposed seat is the fact that it would not be able to recline.