Let's face it, rubbing shoulders with someone you don't know and having to awkwardly squeeze past them when you need to go to the loo is already one of the worst things about flying.

But now, in some kind of warped bid to get rid of this form of social awkwardness, things are about to get a whole lot worse: you might actually have to make eye contact with your fellow passengers.

At least that's if a frankly horrifying patent application is approved. Zodiac Aerospace, a French aeroplane equipment supplier, wants to introduce its HD31 concept: a "high density" seating plan with "business class width".

It's a different way of travelling, with people facing each other. We can have nice conversations.

  • Pierre-Antony Vastra, vice-president of Zodiac
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