Airbus is a pioneer of space-saving ideas that make plane travel look even more horrifying than it already is. Smaller seats. Seats where you basically stand. A new Airbus patent application takes the space-saving measures to their logical extreme. Just stack 'em up!
As Airbus writes in the patent application:
In modern means of transport, in particular in aircraft, it is very important from an economic point of view to make optimism use of the available space in a passenger cabin.U.S. Pat. No. 4,066,227 proposes to position an elevated deck structure on the main deck floor in the passenger cabin of a wide body aircraft for providing a mezzanine seating area in a substantially unused upper lobe of the aircraft fuselage.
Airbus even suggests that this design could make sense in busses or trains. Sounds logical enough, until you see some of the drawings which expose the whole plan as the box of horrors it would be.
Of course there is no guarantee that any of this will ever come to pass; Airbus and other companies routinely patent—often horrifying—ideas, but actually follow through on very few. And as claustrophobic as such a situation might be, several of Airbus' drawings show how some of these stacking designs have a significant upside: a wonderful lie-flat recline.
Well, so long as you're OK sleeping in a flying coffin.
Source: USPTO via