Coronavirus is changing the world of travel – and now a new plane cabin design is offering a glimpse of what plane journeys could look like post-pandemic.
The economy cabin design features dividing screens between rows, seats without pockets, and a new layout to offer passengers more personal space.
The ‘Pure Skies’ concept has been created by London-based design firm PriestmanGoode, who wanted to find a solution taking in key factors such as personal space, hygiene and touch-free journeys.
So, what could be in store for passengers?
For a start, traditional elements of a plane seat would be removed. For example, there would be no more touch screens for the in-flight entertainment.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to watch films or TV shows; instead, there will be screens which you can plug your device into, and control from there.
As for the seat pockets? We already know those can be pretty grim – one flight attendant previously shared the gross reason those pockets should be avoided.
However in the post-pandemic world, you wouldn’t have a seat pocket at all, although there will be an optional removable bag if you do want to make use of some storage space.
Tray tables will still be available for passengers, but when it comes to meals, you can request a clip-on meal tray from the trolley for an extra layer of protection while you eat your food.
Tables would also feature ‘integrated UVC cleaning’ as well as a backlit safety card so you can read those all-important rules without having to touch the card at all.
The layout could also look different. For a start rows of seats would be divided by screens to give you more personal space as well as an extra layer of protection amidst passengers.
Meanwhile, the rows themselves could feature staggered seats, meaning that if you’re travelling alone you can get a bit of extra personal space when you’re sat next to others.
The seats themselves would be designed to offer minimal gaps – even when being reclined – to minimise the risk of dirt getting caught in the space.
At the moment the Pure Skies cabin is purely a concept – but it offers a glimpse into what flying could look like in the future.
You can find out more about the Pure Skies cabin on the PriestmanGoode website.