Patent pending on new bicycle-style seat for airplanes

Diagram from Airbus's patent application.

Diagram from Airbus's patent application.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

If you thought travelling on a cramped airplane couldn't get more uncomfortable, a new patent-pending seating device may have you thinking again.

Airbus has filed a patent for a new seat that looks very similar to a bicycle seat.

The seat would reduce bulk in an aircraft and could be folded up when not in use, the paperwork for the patent says.

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"It also becomes further reduce the distance between different rows of seating devices in an aircraft cabin," says the application, filed in June.

But don't worry, "to add to the seating comfort of the passenger, the seating device comprises a raisable armrest."

Airbus spokeswoman Mary Anne Greczyn told the L.A. Times the patent application is "simply conceptual."

"Many, if not most, of these concepts will never be developed, but in case the future of commercial aviation makes one of our patents relevant, our work is protected."