Knee-to-Knee in the Air
Latest idea for packing people into airlines more efficiently: Save the room used by armrests by alternating the direction seats are pointed, with every other seat looking forward, and the others facing the back of the plane.
This would allow airlines to get in some extra seats, at least on some planes. For example, a Boeing 777 would have 10 seats in a middle row, instead of the current nine plus armrests.
According to the Times of London, British Airways is one of 10 airlines considering the new configuration. The other nine are not identified.
Maybe it's worth facing a stranger and perhaps facing the back of the plane to get a tad more leg room? You couldn't rest your head on your travel companion's shoulder, but you could put your hand on his or her knee. See any upsides and downsides, or alternative ideas for airplanes to get more seats on each plane?
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