Saddle seats? On an airplane?

One company has developed a new seat with less room and says airlines are considering it.

By Kim Peterson Sep 13, 2010 1:45PM
Air travel © Christie & Cole/Corbis OK, so some people aren't thrilled with the idea of a stand-up airline seat. How about a saddle seat that threatens injury to your private parts?

That's what one Italian company has come up with, CNBC reports. It's developed what it calls the SkyRider, a seat with a 23-inch pitch or less.

A 23-inch pitch means there's 23 inches of passenger space between the seats. That's at least 8 inches less than what you normally get in economy class, writes Jane Wells.

But that's not the worst part. The company, Aviointeriors, says sitting in the seat is similar to riding on a "touring motor-scooter." The pictures (see here and here) make it look like you're sitting on a large bump in the seat.
"Meet the airline seat that will destroy your crotch," writes Chris Morran on the Consumerist. "One turbulent flight and we're all asking for ice packs."

The company says its seats are comfortable. "Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle," a company executive told USA Today. Post continues after video:
But the pictures just don't make the case. After looking at these, I think we'll all be clamoring for the stand-up seats that European airline RyanAir is proposing.

The company says that several airlines -- including some in the U.S. -- have shown interest, USA Today reports. That's because a 23-inch pitch will allow an airline to squeeze more seats on the plane, ringing up more sales. The seats even have some storage space, but not much.
Aviointeriors is set to unveil the seats this week at an industry trade show, CNBC reports. The company is waiting for a glimmer of interest from carriers in the U.S. and Europe and will apply for up-in-the-air certification.
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