SOON you may be actually able to sleep in economy if the latest design by Boeing has its way.
The aviation company has been issued a patent for a “Transport Vehicle Upright Sleep Support System” that it says would solve all the problems associated with sleeping on planes.
Looking like a backpack, the contraption is attached to the back of the plane seat allowing passengers to lean forward and rest their face and chest on it for a few hours of sleep.
According to the patent, the head cushion will have a “face relief aperture” for the eyes, mouth, nose and chin and a hole for breathing. There will also be sleeves that open up in front to support the passengers arms and a chest cushion for extra comfort.
Boeing says this system is superior to the personal neck pillow currently employed by many passengers. This pillow is “not a highly successful option due to the natural tendency of a sleeper to relax their muscles and fall to a more horizontal position, thus awakening the passenger,” according to the patent.
Obvious questions arise in terms of safety and practicality, especially considering the already tight quarters of economy cabins. But if this is the answer to sleeping on planes, we’re on-board.
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SOURCE : news.com.au