Jet-setters can soon expect a smoother, more customized flight experience thanks to Airbus’s new ideas for efficient and convenient passenger transport. The company is redefining what modern airplanes will require to please the travellers of the 21st century, but it’s not all about the passenger.
Their innovations include seating arrangements suited to individual desires, overhead baggage compartments that have different lights to identify whether they’re full or not, and seat belts that notify crew members when someone is not strapped in. A more controversial addition however, is the installation of cameras outside the bathrooms.
There’s no doubt that many people will be questioning if these cameras are crossing the line of personal privacy, but Airbus claims it’s all part of the “connected cabin” experience. This might not come as much of an violation to some, as most people have become used to having smart devices in every room of the house tracking and categorizing how they live their life.
“It’s a kind of a seamless transfer,” says Vice President of marketing at Airbus, Ingo Wuggetzer. “What you experience on ground, you continue to experience on-board of an aircraft.”
Wuggetzer rejects the concerns that airlines are collecting more information from their customers. He says, “I think today’s airlines have a lot of data already about their frequent fliers, and usually frequent fliers see the benefit of a more personalized service.”
How does it work?
The new system is set into the entire cabin. It’s mostly operated by crew members via a mobile device. According to Wuggetzer, the system is expected to simplify the boarding process and enable crew members to take better care of the passengers’ needs.
The linked up seats won’t just offer a tailored seating experience and customized in-flight entertainment, it will also have your specific dining choices already laid out for you.
“If you only cater the preferred meal for that passenger, you do not need to over cater anymore,” says Wuggetzer.
With the new system, flight attendants won’t have to move up and down the aisle to ensure each person has fastened their seat belts and put down their armrests. All of this can now be monitored through a sensor.