It’s hard to imagine a return to normalcy any time soon. However, the time will come, probably well before we have a vaccine for the coronavirus when the world gets back to flying.
But what will that look like?
An Italian manufacturing firm has unveiled two of its ideas for aircraft seat in a post-coronavirus world. Both of which proposes some degree of physical separation among passengers seated in the same row.
Aviointeriors, a company that was once mocked for its “standing” plane seats. The company shared both designs to social media this week. Explaining how each would promote “isolation” among travelers on the same aircraft.
The first aircraft seat design
Know as “Janus” consists of 3 adjacent seats, much like those found in a traditional plane cabin. Albeit with the middle seat placed in the opposite direction of the window and aisle seats. A single, curved shield that runs between each of the 3 seats would further separate each passenger, and “[prevent] the breath propagation to occupants of adjacent seats.”
Aviointeriors said this design’s name, “Janus,” was inspired by the Roman god often represented with 2 faces.
The second aircraft seat design
Defined by Aviointeriors’ “Glassafe” system, it looks more like a traditional aircraft seat. But with large transparent partitions between each headrest “to reduce the chance of contamination by viruses.” The “Glassafe” system would also be non-permanent, with partitions allowing for “easy installation and removal.”
A representative for Aviointeriors confirmed to Fox News that at least one major airline had expressed interest in its proposed designs, but didn’t reveal which.
The designs debuted as several major airlines implement further health and safety measures to help travelers maintain social distance on flights. American Airlines, for instance, has blocked out 50 % of its aircrafts’ middle seats. Delta prohibits the booking of middle seats altogether, as does Alaska Airlines and Spirit, according to USA today.
Major airlines are also limiting or abolishing snack choices, drink services and glass drinkware in an effort to limit interaction and contact between passengers and crew.