Sliding Airplane Seat to Speed Up the Boarding Process
Airlines keep trying to figure out new ways to speed up the boarding process, saving money.The less time airlines spend boarding passengers, the more revenue-generating flights they can squeeze into a day.
"Now a Denver-based airline interior designer has a new idea to cut the load time: An aisle seat that slides away from the aisle and ends up on top of the middle seat, expanding the aisle space from 19 inches to 43 inches. So, then after boarding on each row is completed, the aisle seat is slid back into position. With a wider aisle, Malon Labe Designs said its Slider Seat can cut loading time in half."
However, I don't think I'd like these seats. They don't have much padding and don't look comfortable to me. I guess they'd be used on short haul flights?
Denver firm designs airline seat that slides - latimes.com