Can This ‘Twister’ Seat Finally Make Economy?

A minumum of one design company is operating in the opposite way even though the airlines themselves appear to be designing new and exciting ways of earning economy class passengers unhappy. A design consultancy, Factorydesign, twist to better accommodate the passenger who is seatbelted to it and has suggested an airplane seat that’s based on the human backbone, which would allow it to move.

Adam White, Factorydesign’s director, began considering how to improve airplane seat layout after enduring his own economy class flight. He realized that some of the constraints that the airplane seat that was normal puts on the body could be removed if the chair has been more. White informed Skift:

“The real breakthrough of the idea was that all previous seats were based on, essentially, a collection of hinges […] But my observation was that I have a spine, which means I twist and turn one way and another. It enables the freedom of motion, twists and turns, without creating stress points, by placing a backbone into the chair. You get pressure point under your thigh at the edge of the chair, should you cross your legs. In a Twister chair, the chair spins down at the point, and relieves pressure.”

The seat which White designed — and yes, it’s called the Twister — has its own backbone with elastic “ribs” attached to it. As the passenger shifts moves his weight in 1 direction does the seatback, letting him be supported in a way that is functional and more comfortable. And not only would the Twister seat cause a more pleasant flight for passengers, unlike some seats concepts, it wouldn’t require any true reconfiguration in the airline cabin, because — as Aircraft Interiors International accounts — the Twister is exactly the exact same size as a typical market chair.

However, as always, the excitement of seeing a theory — any notion — that would make coach feel less like a game of Jenga that is human is obviously tempered by the realization that these ideas are just ideas. White told Skift the Factorydesign has four functioning prototypes of the Twister chair, but it hasn’t yet been manufactured or even entirely engineered. But nonetheless, it’s great to know that the Twister is on the market, even though it will not be in the cottage for our flight.

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