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New airline seat adjusts to give larger passengers more room

- November 18th, 2013
Morph airline seats. (Courtesy Seymourpowell)

Morph airline seats. (Courtesy Seymourpowell)

A new concept in economy airline seating is “blurring the lines between classes” and could help larger passengers get more comfortable on flights while saving those who don’t need as much space some cash.

The Morph airline seat by British company Seymourpowell looks like a three seat couch and features adjustable armrests that move laterally to increase or decrease the width of seats. Larger passengers who need a little extra room could increase the size of their seat, while smaller airline passengers, like children, would end up with a smaller seat.

Seymourpowell imagines that airlines could charge passengers who want more space higher fares, while travellers needing less space would pay a cheaper rate.

“A passenger’s size is only one factor; Morph takes into account how people feel along with their emotional needs. The young female travelling alone, a mother nursing a child, an elderly or less abled passenger, or a family travelling together, all have specific needs; some desire more privacy or security, some are more vulnerable and require greater assistance, whilst others only need entertainment,” Jeremy White, head of transport for Seymourpowell, said on the Seymourpowell blog.

Morph seats can be adjusted from the industry standard of 45 centimeters wide to be as large as 55 centimeters or as small as 25 centimeters across.

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8 comments

  1. welbray | November 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    the idea his good but has long has your travel with family, In shipping line (container) they charge a- from the volume or the weight of good when shipping . Since people with over normal standard well they should a limited number of seat for them in each plane. buy the way for all airline it should be mandatory for security that you give height -hips and shoulder size has well has the weight.

  2. Tom | November 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    So I can see a situation where the only seats left on a plane are 25 cm ones. A little hard on average size passengers.

  3. MicIhael Williams | November 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m a 6’5″ tall Canadian with a “Rugbyesque” body type. Body fat percentage is less than 10% but I have a 52″ chest and my shoulders are 70″ wide. All God given. Are you suggesting that I should somehow be penalized and forced to pay an increased airline fare because I have the good fortune to be larger framed than some people not as fortunate?

    Why stop there? Perhaps people with higher level IQs than Welbray should pay an increased fare for the benefit of not being as ignorant.

  4. Mike | November 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I can see overweight people that are trying to save money, squeezing into small seats and literally spilling over (and under) the armrests so that you can’t use them and even though you pay for the extra room, you really don’t get it!!

  5. Jeff | November 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    It’s an interesting possibility that might work well for family members or friends who are traveling together and just pay for the row, being allowed to adjust it according to their needs as a group. Otherwise, I see this being a frightening logistical headache for the ticket agents, flight attendants and crew, trying to figure out how to play this crazy tetris game and still being able to fit everyone on a plane, according to the tickets that have been sold. You get two guys in one row, like Micihael Williams and now you only have room for a very small child between them, if that, and you only have two seats sold in that row. Having flown several times between Calgary and Dallas, I’ve see a large number of “Rugbyesque” guys that spill over the current seat and, even though I’m not that big, I would rather pay a little extra to ensure that I’m not getting shoe horned between these two brutes.
    What happens when this wee seat is the only one left for a small child traveling with their family and no one wants the child between two large strangers, including the two large strangers.
    I get what they’re trying to do, but I don’t think it will really be feasible, considering the number of variables that have to be taken into account, in order to properly fill a plane.

  6. The Sceptic | November 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Does anyone really believe that any airline would lower the price for those needing less space? This whole concept is a bad idea for dozens of reasons.

  7. Jane | November 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I think it could work as long as the child seats are sold first. Then the larger seats could be purchased as they become available. If there aren’t enough large passengers to fill the bigger seats, there are plenty of people who would love more elbow room. However, they would have to seriously limit the number of these seats on each flight, otherwise the cost of all seats would have to go up to compensate for the cheaper “child” seats.

  8. Stagecoach | November 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Another way to cram more people into an already claustrophobic economy class section. Too bad people cannot feel their blood clotting. More passengers will develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and have a potentially fatal reaction to it!

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