Welcome onboard the economy cabins of the near-future – where plane passengers are shielded from each other by plastic screens.
Designs have emerged for two post-coronavirus economy cabin concepts aimed at helping to prevent future pandemics.
The ‘Janus’ takes its inspiration from the ancient two-faced Roman god and has a reversed centre seat, while the ‘Glassafe’ concept sees each seat fitted with a ‘hood’.
The Janus seat concept that has been designed by aircraft interior design firm Aviointeriors
The Janus concept would see the middle seat of a row placed in a reverse position, which Aviointeriors says will ‘ensure maximum isolation between passengers’
The Janus takes its inspiration from the ancient two-faced Roman god
The designs are by Italian firm Aviointeriors, which has released renderings of both concepts.
Aviointeriors says the Janus seat will ‘ensure the maximum isolation between passengers seated next to each other’.
While passengers seated on the side seats, aisle and fuselage, continue to face in the direction of travel, the passenger sitting in the centre is facing backwards.
Aviointeriors explained: ‘Each passenger has their own space isolated from others, even from people who walk through the aisle.
‘Each Janus seat is surrounded on three sides by a high shield that prevents the breath propagation to occupants of adjacent seats.
‘It is made of easy cleaning and safe hygienic materials. The option is available with the shield in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency.’
Breathe easy: The Glassafe concept, which Aviointeriors describes as a ‘kit-level solution’
Glassafe, meanwhile, is described as a ‘kit-level solution’ that can be installed on existing aircraft seats.
It would see screens installed around the top of the seats, which Aviointeriors says would make sitting in ‘close proximity safer’.
It added: ‘Glassafe is made of transparent material to make the entire cabin harmonious and aesthetically light, but perfectly fulfilling the objective of creating an isolated volume around the passenger.
‘This is in order to avoid or minimize contacts and interactions via air between passenger and passenger, so as to reduce the probability of contamination by viruses or other.
Aviointeriors says: ‘Glassafe is made of transparent material to make the entire cabin harmonious and aesthetically light’
An aerial view of the Glassafe concept. Aviointeriors says: ‘We have worked and we will continue to develop products specifically designed to make the travels of the near-future post-virus ever safer’
‘Glassafe is supplied in various executions with fixing systems to the seat that allow easy installation and removal.’
A spokesperson for Aviointeriors says: ‘All national authorities worldwide are trying to block this pandemic through a series of actions and recommendations and we want to contribute with our ideas and proposals in the interests of the whole community.
‘With this objective in mind, we have studied new solutions that take into account social distancing among passengers sitting in economy class, where there is a condition of higher density, but with characteristics that remain applicable even in the lower density classes such as premium economy or business class.
‘We have worked and we will continue to develop products specifically designed to make the travels of the near-future post-virus ever safer and in accordance with the new requirements for passengers who will have to share the spaces available for the duration of the transport.’