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Boeing Solved Sleeping on a Plane and It Looks Hilariously Uncomfortable

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 16, 2015

Boeing Solved Sleeping on a Plane and It Looks Hilariously Uncomfortable

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At a certain point we have to assume the airline manufacturing industry is just messing with us.

Tech Times’ Nicole Arce (h/t Matador Network) reports on a patent filed by the Boeing Company for a newfangled contraption that would, hopefully, allow airline passengers to sleep far more comfortably than they do currently.

You can read the patent here, but it’s brief description is as such: “An upright sleep support system incorporates a head cushion having a face relief aperture to receive the eyes, nose, mouth and chin of a passenger placing his or her face against the head cushion with a hinged support structure for angular adjustment, sleeves that open in front to support the passengers arms, and a chest cushion on the back of the device. The chest cushion receives the passenger's chest in a forward leaning position. The head cushion is deployable from a backpack and the chest cushion is integrated into the back of the backpack.”

Even that longwinded description gives us the yawns, so perhaps we just show it to you with this video:

It’s called the cuddle chair, which is a bit ridiculous when you consider cabins are so cramped we are pretty much all cuddling one another already.

Potentially, you would bust out a pack that has a cleverly placed cushion for the midsection as well as a rest for the head.

We imagine it’s something akin to what you might find at the top of a massage table. In this case it has the advantage of making its user look absolutely silly.

Now we have to echo what other publications have noted, namely that a patent doesn’t mean we will all be sleeping like crash test dummies anytime soon.

Katie Amey of The Daily Mail spoke with a Boeing spokesperson and found that this is really just a concept for now. A representative told the publication that it “files many patents every year, but that doesn't necessarily mean we end up pursuing them.”

A spokesperson chimed in, “We aren't providing any further information or comment beyond what was detailed in the patent filing.”

So unfortunately we don’t have any final word on if this will hit airplane seats in the future. Instead we will have to leave things up to hope and chance that this becomes a glorious reality.

Until then, we will practice by falling asleep in a chair facing a wall. It makes for perfect head resting while slumbering, which is apparently how humans were supposed to recharge during flight.


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