Airbus Files Patent for Airline Seating That Looks Like Padded Bicycle Seats
Would you be willing to sit in what are essentially glorified bicycle seats for short airplane trips? Airplane manufacturer Airbus thinks you might, and has filed a patent for the seats, which are meant to fit even more passengers on flights. The bicycle-like cushioned seats fold vertically when they aren’t being used to save even more space. A spokesman for Airbus, which believes, quote, “reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers” on short flights, said that the design is only a concept and won’t necessarily be used. She explained, “Many, if not most, of these concepts will never be developed, but in case the future of commercial aviation makes one of our patents relevant, our work is protected.” It’s probably a good idea to just keep it in the design stage, since this from the Washington Post‘s Brian Fung was just one the many horrified reactions: “If you squint, the thing looks more like a medieval torture device than lounging equipment.”
Kevin Durant, Ronda Rousey and the Seattle Seahawks were the big winners at the annual ESPY Awards last night (July 16th) in Los Angeles. Durant, of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, won male athlete of the year, beating out baseball player Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather, as well as best NBA player. Mixed martial arts UFC fighter Rousey won female athlete of the year, beating out the WNBA’s Maya Moore, Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and college basketball player Brenna Stewart of national champion University of Connecticut. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks took best team honors. In some of the other awards, most of which were determined by fan voting:
- Best NFL Player — Peyton Manning
- Breakthrough Athlete — Seahawks’ Richard Sherman
- Best Game — College football’s Iron Bowl matchup between Number 1 Alabama and Number 4 Auburn, with Auburn winning 34-28 on the final play to spoil Alabama’s BCS hopes.
- Best Moment — The U.S. men’s soccer team’s run to the World Cup’s round-of-16.
- Beat Coach-Manager — Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs for leading them to the NBA championship.
- Arthur Ashe Courage Award — St. Louis Rams draftee Michael Sam, who announced earlier this year that he’s gay. If he makes the Rams’ roster, he’ll be the NFL’s first openly gay player.