New Airline Seat Smaller Than Ever

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Do you love the indignities of flying coach, but wish your seat were even smaller? You’re in luck!

Aviointeriors, an Italian firm that specializes in passenger seat design, has introduced the SkyRider, an “ultra-high density seat” intended for use by low-cost carriers. The proposed seating would have just 23 inches between your own seat back and that of the seat in front of you, an arrangement made possible by an angled seating position “similar to that of a touring motor-scooter rider,” according to the company’s website. This is five inches tighter than the 28 inches usually found between seats in economy class, says Aviointeriors. Passengers will apparently be kept from sliding out of their angled seats by a seat bottom the company equates to a saddle.

“Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle,” the company’s director general, Dominique Menoud, told USA Today.

Budget-conscious (or masochistic) flyers will have to wait for their chance to saddle up, however. While the company told USA Today that several airlines have expressed interest, none have plans in place to install the seats … yet. Still, it’s not hard to imagine that a budget airline like Ryanair, which has flirted with the idea of “standing seats” on its flights (LINK), would be interested in adding the SkyRider as a means of cramming in more passengers and further driving down costs.

So how about you, readers? Would you be willing to strap yourself into the SkyRider if the price was right? Let us know in the comments.

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