8 ways economy class might look different in the future to keep passengers safe

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A reversible middle seat means airlines can maintain their passenger capacity. Avio Interiors

The coronavirus has caused a significant drop in air travel.

Despite masks being mandatory on most major airlines, and sanitation and hygiene practices being stepped up, designers have come up with their own ways to ensure safer air travel.

One 3D-printed product from design firm Teague would attach to the vents above seats to push passengers’ breath down, described on its company’s website as “an invisible germ isolation unit.”

Another design firm, Haeco, sees a future in which passengers share the airplane cabin with cargo, allowing for more space between people.

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