Airline Seating: Facing up to the problem

The Economist on a recently patented airline seat:boeing_seats

…if the conditions are desperate enough, it is possible to sleep while slouching forward in one’s seat. That fact hasn’t escaped Boeing. GeekWire has noticed that last year the airline manufacturer patented something it called a “transport vehicle upright sleep support system”, although GW gives it the rather more pleasant name of a “cuddle chair”. The idea is that fliers can attach a tray to their seats which can be angled away from their laps (see picture below). It includes a rest for a face, a bit like one would find on a massage table. Although it looks a little like a medieval torture device, blissful sleep surely ensues.


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