Did you know that over 70,000 flights cross the United States daily? Add to that the thousands of flights taking off on the other side of the world, putting millions of planes in the air each day.
For a corporate travel agency, their travelers’ comfort and experience in flight are top priorities. To keep passengers safe and comfortable, there is a trend needing to be remedied: reduced seat size on airplanes.
With seat width and depth decreasing in size, along with the average person being heavier than ever before, conflicts are inevitable. Emergency evacuations and passenger luxury are threatened, but here are some possible solutions that could alleviate this change in the near future.
In February 2016, Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee proposed a bill stating that seat size on planes should be altered to give passengers more space. Although the bill has not passed yet, political figures are continuing to fight for passengers to get the space they’re needing.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Minnesota Representative Rick Nolan are among those who have jumped on board. Their support gives many travelers a hopeful expectancy that this bill will be passed fairly soon.
Designed for Comfort
In 2006, Airbus decided to build A350XWB, a plane designed for the needs of passengers, with “XWB” meaning “extra wide body.” The company crafted the new plane to be seven inches wider overall than their main competitor’s plane. These seven inches give passengers an 18-inch-wide seat, which can make a big difference on a long flight.
Bombardier, a Canadian airline, has also considered the comfort of their passengers with a new line of planes, the C Series. Although it only seats five per row, the plane’s outer seats are eighteen inches, while the middle seat is nineteen inches—a seat typically avoided due to lack of space.
The Middle Seat Comeback
In early 2017, Motor Labe Designs fashioned the Side-Slip Seat, an airline seat that may cause passengers to reconsider avoiding the middle seat. The Side-Slip Seat is set lower and slightly behind the aisle and window seats, making it almost three inches wider.
With the position and size, this will eliminate the battle for elbow room. It can also be adjusted to make aisles bigger, assisting with boarding. Hank Scott, Motor Labe Designs’ CEO, claims that many plane manufacturers are interested in using the Side-Slip Seat for their aircrafts, including Boeing and Airbus.
Each passenger is entitled to be as safe and comfortable as possible. While companies fight for this to become a reality, Teplis Travel will continue to provide the lowest fares for your next corporate trip. Call 800-669-6547 today to speak to an experienced representative to discuss a travel solution that’s right for you.