Design Company Dreams Up Airplane Seats That Protect Pax Against Moist Speakers

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

There's a lot of speculation about how the coronavirus pandemic will change air travel and how airlines might adapt to make flying a healthier experience for everyone.

Two new seat designs from Italian company Avio Interiors attempt to do just that. The concepts could be one possible solution to protecting flyers from nearby coughers, sneezers and moist speakers.

The first concept involves transparent blinders on either side of a traditional airplane seat. 

Avio's “Glassafe” concept is a “a kit-level solution that can be installed on existing seats to make close proximity safer among passengers sharing the same seat,” according to the company’s website. The transparent material aims to help passengers “avoid or minimize contacts and interactions via air, […] so as to reduce the probability of contamination by viruses or other.”

The other concept features a configuration where seats face alternating directions and are also separated by a transparent shield.

The “Janus Seat” allows “three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone,” according to the website.

Unlike the “Glassafe” concept, the three-seat configuration would require a complete retooling as it isn’t a simple add-on kit for existing airplane seats.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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