If there is something that the pandemic of coronavirus it is a change of habits and a greater awareness regarding the prevention of disease transmission. The post-pandemic flights They will not be the same and different aeronautical organizations have already begun to present options for guarantee the security of the passengers.
The big problem with airplanes is that the seats do not allow to have a safe personal space and that ventilation is not enough. Faced with this, some airlines are introducing temporary measures so there is more space between passengers, like leave a seat in between.
With this challenge in hand, the Italian firm Avio interiors created two different prototypes with new seating concepts, designed to minimize the risk of contagion.
The first one is called “Janus“and stands out for reverse middle seat position, which is facing the back of the plane and separates passengers in the same row with clear acrylic protection that wraps around the sides and back of each seat.
The proposal here is to conserve the number of seats and rows but modifying their position and incorporating this protection to avoid the spread of microparticles that can transmit diseases.
The second model, named “Glassafe“as its name implies use a glass between seat and seat As a shield to protect the passenger, it goes from the shoulders to above the head. In this case, arms are exposed and they could make contact with other passengers if they both want to use the middle armrest, something that could be a contagion factor.
These proposals may be a solution linked to the small space between passengers but they do not provide a solution to the second problem: lack of good ventilation. While air is recirculated every six seconds on airplanes, only 50% fresh air is incorporated.
Faced with the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted passengers to the possibility of spreading the new coronavirus if they were sitting at a distance less than or equal to two meters from a positive case.
As reported by the site FlightGlobal, the seats of this Italian company could be ready in the next six months if they are accepted by the airlines and the regulations allow it.