New airplane seat design will make it easier to sleep in economy

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London, UK (CNN) — Who hasn’t struggled to sleep on an airplane economy seat, forced to improvise a makeshift pillow out of a rolled up sweater or scarf?

A new seat design comes with an innovative solution to this inflight issue, using “padded wings” that fold out from behind both sides of the seat back — allowing both for additional privacy and a cushioned spot to rest heads for some shut-eye.

This new idea from Universal Movement, a spin-off from London-based design company New Territory, is called “Interspace.” It premiered in London this week as part of the Aircraft Cabin Innovation summit 2019.

CNN Travel went along to find out more about what makes this seat different, and to test out just how comfy this concept really is.

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This futuristic Airbus smart seat prototype may make the future of economy flying a bit less miserable

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Move Airbus seat concept

  • The Move seat concept was created by London-based design firm Layer for Airbus.
  • The seats are made from lightweight polyester wood smart textile wrapped around an aluminum frame.
  • Electrical currents running through the smart textile allow passengers to control the firmness and the temperature of the seat.
  • Move seats can be adjusted using an app.
  • According to Layer, the seats are meant to help create an innovative passenger experience for economy class travelers.

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