No one quite knows what aviation will look like in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There's talk of removing middle seats, compulsory face masks and full body disinfection booths at airports -- and aviation seat designers are experimenting with ways to make flying more appealing for concerned and conscientious passengers.Into the mix comes French aeronautical engineer Florian Barjot's vision, dubbed PlanBay.
Barjot reckons that what airlines want isn't a total redesign of the cabin or the installation of new seats, but an easily removable piece of kit that could be installed when necessary.
PlanBay, which is aimed at economy class, consists of a protection panel behind the seat and another protection panel between the seats.
The structure fits onto the empty middle seat, so passengers in the aisle and window can maintain social distance from one another. It's not unlike the glass panel setup that business travelers might be used to.
According to Barjot, the installation process is straightforward, the kit is easy to produce and the cost would be low.
"The idea of a removable kit makes sense when the need for sanitary measures is temporary and/or limited to a geographic area," says Barjot.