Airplane seats could feature transparent dividers to help stop spread of viruses

Traveling on airplanes may look a little different once the coronavirus pandemic passes.

Aviointeriors, an Italian-based company that produces aircraft cabin interiors and passenger seats, has come up with new designs to help promote social distancing on planes.

Their first design, called Glassafe, features transparent dividers between each seat to minimize interactions between passengers and therefore reducing the possibility of viruses getting spread.

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The dividers are said to be easy to install.

Aviointeriors’ second design, called Janus, reverses the middle seat of each row with a shield around each seat to ensure maximum isolation between all passengers.

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Both designs are easy to clean, the company said, with the dividers and shields coming in varying degrees of transparency.

But, Boston University professor Allen Michael said traveling during the pandemic is less about the airplane design and more about finding a cure.

“Getting to the airport and getting through security, etc. There’s a lot more that people worry about than just sitting in the plane,” he said. “I think it’s much more about vaccines. It’s much more about treatment.”

Gary Leff of viewfromthewing.com said that many airlines are blocking middle seats as it is and allowing passengers to purchase more than one seat — for those who can afford it.

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