A post by Pat

Now that we’ve gotten used to being herded like cattle in airports, it’s time to play cowboy. It’s the Skyrider, a new airplane seat that gives the passenger 23-inches of space. The seat resembles a saddle. The passenger’s positioning is somewhere between sitting and standing. You think this is bad? Some airlines are considering having no seats at all.


SkyRider airline seats pack fliers into 23 inches of space

“For flights anywhere from one to possibly even up to three hours … this would be comfortable seating,” he says. “The seat … is like a saddle. Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in the saddle.”

The new airplane seat, to be unveiled next week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas conference in Long Beach, would give passengers an experience akin to riding horseback.

They’d sit at an angle with no more than 23 inches between their perch and the seat in front of them — a design that could appeal to low-cost airlines that have floated the idea of offering passengers standing-room tickets on short flights

“We feel extremely confident that this concept will … have great appeal to airlines for economic purposes,” says Dominique Menoud, director general of Aviointeriors Group.

The SkyRider could be its own class of seating, like business or coach, Menoud says. Passengers would likely pay lower fares. But airlines could boost their profits because the narrowly spaced seats would allow them to squeeze more fliers on board.

The novel design may draw interest — especially from two overseas carriers that have entertained the idea of providing no seats at all.

Whoever thinks this idea will fly is a horse’s arse.

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  1. IloiloKano says:

    At least potential customers would have the choice to say, “Are you out of your damn mind?”

    With Liberals, they make such decisions for you and say, “Take it or leave it, but if you don’t take it, you’ll get fined!”

  2. Gordon says:

    Perhaps another candidate for a caption…Why is the model smiling…hmmmm? (Keep it clean fellow TAMS). Did the designer never hear the phrase “Saddle sore”?

  3. RuBegonia says:

    My dogbutt is saddlesore just contemplating frequent flier miles.

  4. RedMoonProject says:

    This is why I don’t fly. Why would one choose to be a sardine? And why would one pay to be one?

  5. dr4ensic says:

    I’m shocked. Ford F250 diesel King Ranch trucks here in Texas have saddle seats. Is there any other kind?
    (Bench/Buckets only work when you have dates)… 0):^/

  6. Chris says:

    No. That’s all I’m gonna say about this.

  7. ancientwrrior says:

    You can get cheaper air fare if you select the ones strapped on the outside of the plane. Plus they are naturally air conditioned.

  8. LeJaeger says:

    Next thing you know they’ll be charging to join the mile high club

  9. naga5 says:

    i’ll just put my lap top where???

  10. DogOnCrack says:

    Speaking as an intense claustrophobe, I actually like the idea of having no seats!

  11. MaryVal says:

    I live in cowboy country, and no they DON’T ride their horses for 8 hours straight. It’s not a 9 to 5 job, to begin with. Think perineal nerve damage from these seats, like bike riders can get. I see law suits. And blast, I’m flying tomorrow, but NOT on one of these things. I’m claustrophobic enough crammed into an airplane without adding more passengers to the flight. Riding the city bus is more fun than flying. At least you can pull the cord and get off the bus.

    • thierry says:

      ask bike cops and bike messengers about the ‘ occupational hazards’ of saddle seats-‘penile numbness and erectile dysfunction’ . and it causes problems for women too.

  12. thierry says:

    because everyone thinks of China and Ireland first when it comes to transportation safety and innovation. didn’t the irish build the titanic?

    just open up the plane into one big cargo hold and pack them in like sardines until they can’t move(think railroad cars to the concentration camp because the nazis really did have that figured out to the per square inch per person cost, and lord knows they already itemize what you can take with you and steal everything out of your luggage of value. i think i know where this business model came from.), tie it all down with a tarp. when you get to the destination herd them out with whips and cattle prods and hose it all out and there- imagine the savings.

  13. Chuck says:

    So this gives a new meaning to the phrase “cattle class.”

  14. avidfan09 says:

    I’d like to get the feedback first from anyone whose actually used them. That lady just looks a little to paid well and happy for that kind of stunt.

  15. Mrs. Malcontent says:

    Makes me want to never fly again. I would rather hitch a ride on the Madden Cruiser. Comfy seats, snacks and John Madden. What more can a person want?

  16. makeshifty says:

    This is a pipe dream, as far as I’m concerned. They talk about putting more people on a plane. Where are they going to put the extra carry-on baggage? I remember several years ago when they were packing people like sardines, and they didn’t have enough room as it was for all of the carry-ons. They have to put some of it on as checked baggage. If they exacerbate this it’s going to become a mad dash to get on the damn plane ahead of the crowd.

  17. Crueladev says:

    I feel bad for those Flight Crew folks…they will have to learn a whole new speech…
    “In case of emergency and the cabin begins to fill with water..your seat cushion is useless and you are pretty much screwed…hope you can swim.”

  18. ffigtree says:

    That doesn’t look very comfy. If I wanted to ride horseback I’d ride horseback and it would probably be a comfier ride!

  19. BastiatFan says:

    Reason #463 why it pays to spend the extra for First Class.

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