Yaghoubi's AirGo airline seats are a low-cost, ergonomic approach to economy class cabin design, Opposing Views noted. The creation of this alternative airline seating is the first one to be proposed since the 1960's, the last time Today's reclining seat models were upgraded.
While the current seating model leaves little space in between passengers from all sides, AirGo seats would solve the issue by providing independent space for all the chairs at the small expense of being 16 percent larger than current stalls.
“Compared to a normal economy class, AirGo uses only an additional 16 percent of floor space thanks to the new nylon mesh design which replaces the bulky cushions in current seats," Yaghoubi said. “They are cheap, durable, recyclable and more comfortable, yet they are considerably thinner.”
And while Yaghoubi accepts more room per seat means less seats, he even came up with a way in which airlines could make up for the losses through "extras."
“The big screen for example can be used to encourage passengers to purchase a few dollar applications, movies, songs, games and books that could be used on their other devices elsewhere through cloud syncing.” Yaghoubi said. “They [the passengers] can video chat with others and call home for small rates or they can choose to take part in surveys or watch advertisements to use these services free of charge. They can connect to the local network and play matches against other passengers. The possibilities are just countless.”
Yaghoubi got the idea for AirGo chairs after several unpleasant eight-hour flights he took to visit his family, ABC reported. Fortunately, he was able to see the silver lining and created an affordable and comfortable solution to his problem.
Last year, Yaghoubi won the Malaysian national James Dyson Award, an annual design award run by the British inventor's foundation, for his groundbreaking idea.