Will sneeze guards on airplane seats allow us to travel again?
Italian design company Avio Interiors has dreamed up with two airplane seat design concepts that could keep travelers safe — or at least safer — in a post-pandemic world.
The concepts, spotted by The Drive, could be one possible solution to the uncomfortable reality of somebody sneezing or coughing next to you on your next flight — that is, if we’ll ever experience air travel again.
The company’s first “Glassafe” concept is a “a kit-level solution that can be installed on existing seats to make close proximity safer among passengers sharing the same seat,” according to the company’s website. In other words, transparent blinders on either side of the seat.
The unusual transparent materials still allow passengers to “avoid or minimize contacts and interactions via air, […] so as to reduce the probability of contamination by viruses or other.”
The “Janus Seat” is a “two-faced seat” that could allow “three passengers to be separated with a shield made of transparent material that isolates them from each other, creating a protective barrier for everyone,” according to the website.
Unlike the “Glassafe” concept, the three-seat configuration would require a complete retooling as it isn’t a simple add-on kit for existing airplane seats.
The concept comes after businessman Rick Pescovitz wore a personal, transparent tent in the window seat of a commercial airliner back in early February to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
More on air travel: MAN WEARS PERSONAL PLASTIC TENT ON FLIGHT TO AVOID DEADLY VIRUS