Move Over, Reclining Seats: Airline Unveils Sleeping Pods in Economy

Johnny Lopez
February 28, 2020 - 9:11 am

If you feel cramped flying in coach, one airline is looking to help budget-minded passengers get some restful sleep.

Instead of worrying if you should recline your seat, Air New Zealand wants you to lie back in a sleeping pod it is developing for economy class, according to CNN.

After three years of research, the airline has unveiled a patent for what they are calling Economy Skynest. The plans consist of installing six bunk beds that are 200 centimeters (6.5 feet) long and 58 centimeters (22 inches) wide on certain long-haul flights.

The pods are each a little slimmer than a twin bed, outfitted with purple lighting and come with a pillow, sheets, blanket, ear plugs and privacy curtains. Coronavirus masks sold separately!

“A clear pain point for economy travelers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out,” the airline said in a statement. “The development of the Skynest is a direct response to that challenge.”

Unfortunately the beds are not available yet as the airline will be testing them out on an inaugural flight from Auckland, New Zealand to New York later this year. That flight is expected to take nearly 18 hours nonstop, so some lucky economy travelers are in for a snooze of a trip.

The projected price of the beds have also not been revealed as Air New Zealand won’t decide if they will go forward with them until 2021.

For now, economy travelers can dream.

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