Airline seat sizes – In the last few years, airline seats have been shrinking while passengers' waistlines have expanded. Recently, the airline industry has started to take a closer look at how it should address the issues raised by larger fliers.
Airbus bench patent – This month Airbus filed a patent for "a re-configurable passenger bench seat" to accommodate passengers of all sizes.
Detachable seat belts – Adjustable, detachable seat belts would ensure that all passengers are locked in, regardless of their build.
Family seating – The seating can be adjusted to accommodates families (or miniature adults, as this illustration from the patent seems to suggest).
Seating innovations – The Airbus patent is one of the more sensible new seating suggestions to be revealed in recent years. Read on for seven terrifying airline patents we're less keen to to see in action.
Is this the future of flying? – With airlines under pressure to slash fares and cram in ever more people without extending cabin space, passengers might soon be stacked on top of each other -- literally. This is our hellish version. Click on to see what real aviation engineers are coming up with.
Economy Class Cabin Hexagon – Those for whom flying means getting lost in a book or a film while politely ignoring their neighbors probably won't enjoy the designs from Zodiac Seats France.
Boeing sleep support – Its purpose is to help passengers rest during a flight by letting them lean face-forward into a cushion. Another cushion supports the chest. Both are deployed from a backpack attached to the seat.