Climate Controlled Seats Could Make Flying Coach Considerably Less Crappy

In an effort to make flying in the cheap seats a bit more comfortable, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics have completely redesigned aeroplane seats giving passengers control over their individual climates. So one day fiddling with a vent might not be the only futile way to get comfy.

Access to fresh air is still one of the key factors to passenger comfort, but instead of a vent that noisily blasts down from above, the next generation seating will feature gentler inlets integrated into the armrests and the back of each seat. And to ensure the artificial breeze isn't blowing so hard as to dry out the occupant's skin, the inlets are custom-designed for maximum airflow without feeling, or sounding, like a tornado. The new seats also feature built-in heaters like you'll find in many cars, coupled with ventilation that pulls moisture away from the body for added comfort. Passengers will even be able to customise the humidity at their seat, without affecting those sitting next to them who might prefer flying in a desert instead of a rain forest.

The whole concept might sound a little over the top, but an uncomfortable passenger can quickly turn into a cantankerous passenger that poses a threat to flight crew or other travellers. But in reality, it's probably just a feature that airlines wil use to justify fare hikes when this new technology starts appearing on aircraft. Jerks. [Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft]


    This'll never wind up in the super budget airlines (cost, weight) like Virgin, Air Asia, etc. So it's hardly relevant. As for QANTAS and Emirates, etc their economy flights are already tolerable.

    That will never ever make it to economy class. Maybe for business but they won't spent that much money on cheap seats. Just flew cathay pacific their high tech seats are plastic with a cusion that moves forward and back abd lumbur support in wrong place instead of recline normal seat - worst idea ever..

    "an uncomfortable passenger can quickly turn into a cantankerous passenger that poses a threat to flight crew or other travellers"

    Oh come on! No airline thinks this. EVER. You think it's comfortable for people to be squished into those tiny economy seats? Of course not. If they were worried in the slightest about passenger comfort they'd give people at least enough leg room to sit down.

    How about they refresh the air a little more often than never. That way I won't feel like I'm suffering from SARS after a long flight.

    How come no one's curious about what the picture actually means? Where do you get one of those dummies? :P

      That's the *next* next generation of personal climate control - each passenger sits in a completely enclosed passenger-shaped bag.

    I think I'd prefer to pay for a cheap flight rather than have the price jacked up by more bells and whistles

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