Well, for all that you consider that 30-32" seat pitch woefully inadequate, Italian firm Aviointeriors has actually come up with something smaller.
|The SkyRider seat is patterned on a saddle design.|
SkyRider seats are specifically intended for shorter flights. RyanAir enthusiasts shouldn't be surprised if these appear soon on the plane soon.
That said, there are three reasons we're unlikely to see these in America:
- They're not FAA-approved;
- The typical U.S. flight is long by the standards of most other countries; and
- Passengers almost certainly wouldn't tolerate them.
But even if those we could clear those jumps, they'd still be of limited use in a country with such long flights. So, you're not likely to see many SkyRiders here.
If we did, would they be comfortable? As an Aviointeriors spokesman points out, cowboys ride in saddles for hours.
But Americans would still complain.