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Airbus Seeking Patent For Bicycle Seats Because Flying Isnít Uncomfortable Enough Already
The Consumerist ^ | 14 July 2014 | Mary Beth Quirk

Posted on 07/14/2014 6:21:39 PM PDT by Lorianne

While you’re fighting for territory on the arm rest and suffering the kicks, nudges and otherwise annoying seat disturbances that come with flying commercial airlines, just think… it could be worse. How much worse? Like perching on a bicycle seat worse.

Airbus submitted a patent in Europe for the seats, with have small backrests but no tray tables or headrest, reports the Los Angeles Times. And legroom? Keep dreaming.

The pared down design is an attempt to cut down on bulk, which in turn allows for more sardined passengers and ostensibly, more money.

“In effect, to increase the number of cabin seats, the space allotted to each passenger must be reduced,” the patent application states.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: airbus; aircycle; airtravel; bicycleseats; dolts; futureofairtravel
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Why not just make them stationary bikes to power the plane?
1 posted on 07/14/2014 6:21:39 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Why bother with the seat? Frances is after all the gayest nation on Earth.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 6:26:42 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Lorianne

Don’t give them any ideas.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 6:27:52 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Lorianne

Why not just a post up your butt and then you can stick the passengers in the floor like a pin cushion? Less passenger space and seats = more freight space.

I ought to patent that.


4 posted on 07/14/2014 6:28:31 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Sounds like a Southpark episode.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 6:28:55 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Lorianne

Boy thats an incentive to stop flying


6 posted on 07/14/2014 6:29:39 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Sequoyah101

On the plus side when your neighbor pukes it will just flow straight down to the floor and then to the back of the plane.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 6:30:29 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Lorianne

Bicycle seats are implicated in a five-fold increase of prostate cancer in men. This promises a windfall for the attorneys seeking damages in the future for these airline passengers using the prostate cancer inducing seating.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 6:33:41 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: Lorianne

They’ll charge extra for it.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 6:35:18 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Lorianne

No bloody way.

What will they do to business or first? Stools? Throw peanuts and water?


10 posted on 07/14/2014 6:41:36 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Lorianne

Does anyone need to go anyplace bad enough to fly like that?

Why not just build honeycombs in the plane, sedate the passengers for the flight, and then drag them out onto the tarmac to wake up afterward. Then hose out the honeycomb and load in the next cargo of meatbags.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 6:43:44 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: WhiskeyX

>>Bicycle seats are implicated in a five-fold increase of prostate cancer in men.

No one cares about prostate cancer because women can’t get it. Now, be a good sheep and buy some pink crap or Komen will claim that you hate your mother and wish she was dead.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 6:45:55 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: rabidralph
>Sounds like a Southpark episode. The G-rated version:

13 posted on 07/14/2014 6:53:46 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Lorianne

They could simply stack people on pallets for even more revenue.


14 posted on 07/14/2014 6:56:37 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Lorianne
The airline's earlier patent:


15 posted on 07/14/2014 7:02:33 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Lorianne

thank god i haven’t flown since 2001.


16 posted on 07/14/2014 7:02:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lorianne
Time to dust off some transport layouts from the 17 and 1800s.


17 posted on 07/14/2014 7:02:45 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: Lorianne

so there will be no seat cushion to capture the farts of the folks ahead of you.

sweeeeeet.


18 posted on 07/14/2014 7:03:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lorianne

they don’t show how the tray tables will come down from the person’s back.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 7:04:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lorianne

Take the restrooms out and put um on porta-potty seats, so they can add more seats, more ticket sales.


20 posted on 07/14/2014 7:05:15 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Lorianne
I am trying to imagine a 16 hour flight followed by a 7 hour flight on these seats. US's largest airline has always fantasized loading economy class passengers with a forklift into the cargo bay but so far it won't fly. If Airbus does these seats maybe the forklift will happen. Passengers will be pressed into bales and loaded. Easy. Cheap. When they lose 10% of the forkloaded passengers they will send it all straight to Chicago along with the mandatory 10̀% of the checked baggage for sale in their annual auction.
21 posted on 07/14/2014 7:07:49 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach san La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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To: Dagnabitt

That looks pretty inefficient. Looks like they could get a lot more in if they put them on their sides rather than their backs.


22 posted on 07/14/2014 7:10:46 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: ThanhPhero

put them in coffin-sized compartments and load them up


23 posted on 07/14/2014 7:11:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: ThanhPhero

Makes Soviet Aeroflot look good


24 posted on 07/14/2014 7:11:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Sequoyah101

The Chinese were talking about stand-up “seats” a year ago so they could more than double the passenger capacity. Just think. Two of these things collide and 2400 passengers die.


25 posted on 07/14/2014 7:12:41 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Lorianne

I read today that Boeing is working on putting 200 passengers into a 737 by moving the rows closer together. They are also going to have to put in an extra exit door.


26 posted on 07/14/2014 7:13:03 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Good point!


27 posted on 07/14/2014 7:18:25 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

* guffaw *


28 posted on 07/14/2014 7:19:08 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: GeronL

I’ve said for some time now that the US airline industry seems to be hellbent to achieve a level of “service” pitched somewhere between 1975 Aeroflot and a Mumbai jitney.


29 posted on 07/14/2014 7:22:55 PM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: Lorianne

It it ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going!
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30 posted on 07/14/2014 7:23:17 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

31 posted on 07/14/2014 7:24:02 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: KarlInOhio

More legroom there than in the last Delta flight I was on.


32 posted on 07/14/2014 7:24:18 PM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: Lorianne

I can’t imagine any airline actually being able to get people to buy tickets for those. Also, they look like they would have major safety issues—no crash survivability, no flotation cushion under the seat.

I’m guessing whoever designed that has never had the experience of flying. It’s hard enough to get comfortable as it is.


33 posted on 07/14/2014 7:26:26 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Lorianne
Airbus Seeking Patent For Bicycle Seats Because Flying Isn’t Uncomfortable Enough Already

My experience is that the heaviest loads you can put as a load on a structure, any structure, is wall to wall people standing up.
Any existing aircraft so loaded could never take off.

To wit :

The flattened Golden Gate Bridge

I am sorry I couldn't find the famous photo of the flattened bridge.

34 posted on 07/14/2014 7:31:50 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: arthurus

Not efficient enough.

Suggest containers where passengers are stacked like cordwood. The containers are a passenger comfort factor. Spreads the load and keeps the total crush to a “reasonable” level.


35 posted on 07/14/2014 7:34:42 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Lorianne

I read the other day that a new study found that bicycle seats increase the risk of prostate cancer in men. If true, “frequent flyers” will be dropping from the skies like flies.


36 posted on 07/14/2014 7:37:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Eric Pode of Croydon

This is worst than wooden benches with ropes for seat belts


37 posted on 07/14/2014 8:23:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: exDemMom

They need to install pedals so the passengers can power the electronic avionic.

Call it Liberal Air Lines... LAL


38 posted on 07/14/2014 8:25:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Lorianne

Psst....Boeing if Airbus does that, have La-Z-Boy make your seats...:-)


39 posted on 07/14/2014 8:39:40 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Lorianne

Most people shop for airline tickets based on price, and price alone. They’ll complain, especially online, about comfort but the next flight they take they get on Expedia or some site and shop with only one criteria: price. Then they continue to blame airlines for adapting to the way consumers buy.

Airlines run pack people in as tight as they can because we’ve trained them to do it. I like a more comfortable experience and I suck it up and spring for first class, or business class. If more people were willing to pay more for comfort they’d provide it.


40 posted on 07/14/2014 8:42:11 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Lorianne
Better yet...


41 posted on 07/14/2014 9:07:45 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Lorianne

If I wanted to get a sore ass - I’d race in the Tour De France ...


42 posted on 07/14/2014 9:11:04 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: driftdiver

Can you imagine turbulence?


43 posted on 07/14/2014 9:38:27 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: Lorianne

I don’t see any fat people in those drawings!


44 posted on 07/14/2014 10:34:32 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: PAR35

I read today that Boeing is working on putting 200 passengers into a 737
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You ever had a “local” flight on an asian airline?


45 posted on 07/15/2014 4:14:20 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: driftdiver
I don't need any more incentives....I know of no reason why I would ever get on another commercial airplane!!!
46 posted on 07/15/2014 5:55:16 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Ramius
The airline market seems to have completely skipped the middle niche.

When I go out to eat, I have a choice not only between a convenience store hot dog or a $100 steak, but lots of selections in between.

I would go back to flying (have not flown since 2006) if I could pay 25% more than sardine class, and get 25% more comfort.

47 posted on 07/15/2014 6:51:59 AM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: Eric Pode of Croydon

Where else can you get to be treated like a terrorist by the TSA, a herded sheep by the airline and pay an exorbitant price for the privilege. I won’t fly, period.


48 posted on 07/15/2014 7:19:41 AM PDT by JayAr36 (OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN THIS A FREE COUNTRY)
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To: GeronL

That was my thought as well...

And, at the end of the flight, you’d be reimbursed a portion of the fuel charge based on your particular “output”.


49 posted on 07/15/2014 7:21:13 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Eric Pode of Croydon

Airlines have been doing business class for years, but not enough people will pay more for it. A shopping tool that let consumers sort on other factors like legroom, comfort and convenience would help. Airlines will respond to what sells. But as long as people make their purchase based on nothing but lowest price then that’s how airlines have to manage their product.


50 posted on 07/15/2014 7:38:36 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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