Get To Know That Person Next To You: Sleep With Them

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In what has to be some of the best news to come to coach-class travelers since the inception of free headphones, Air New Zealand unveiled the “Skycouch,” a roll-out bed of sorts for your seats where you and your seatmate can lay down and grab some zzz’s.

Apparently, in what must be received as nothing less than disdain from those involved in AIDS research and renewable-energy exploration, according to the UK Times,  “after two years locked away in a secret research facility, a team of designers, boat builders and airline executives unveiled a prototype of their solution . . .  ‘[t]he days of sitting in economy and yearning to lie down and sleep are gone,’ said Rob Fyfe, the chief executive of Air New Zealand, which has spent several million pounds developing the concept.”

In all truthfulness, I have to say this is a great idea. Let me tick off the various ways I’ve slept on a plane: That time I stretched out on two seats heading to Colombia with my feet dangling in the aisle-way for everyone to bump into, and a certain seat divider resting someplace I need not mention; that 18-hour flight when I curled up with my head on the window, only to awaken to find my seatmate seemingly attempting to do the same — from the middle seat; and that time I got a fitful amount of sleep on an overnight flight — oh wait, that was every time I slept on a plane.

However, the kicker is that you and your sleepmate will have to shell out the money to buy that empty third seat so that you can lay down. Sigh. Just when I started to get my hopes up.

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