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New Airline Seat Design Offering More Legroom Is So Awful That Not Even the Airlines Are Buying It

A new standing seat could make airline travel more unpleasant than ever. Or it could be a great budget option. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Can airlines possibly make flying even worse? Yes. Yes, they can. If a litany of murdered pets, people being sucked out of shattered windows, or pervy and drunk seatmates isn’t making the skies seem very friendly, consider that — for now, anyway — at least you get to sit down. But maybe not for long.

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors revealed the airline seat of the future: The SkyRider 2.0. It features a saddle-like seat and a padded back that positions travelers in an upright pose that enables them to stretch their legs throughout the entire flight — that is to say, they are basically standing.

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