A company by the name of Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH is creating a seat for premier cabins that will have the ability to self-clean with a germ-killing antiseptic. The process would take only a few seconds, resulting in a fresh, clean seat ready for the next passenger.
The reason behind this scientific development is the increase in bacteria left on the seats of planes after each flight. A spectacular feat to help combat germs that other’s may be carrying such as the flu or simple cold.
Why is this happening?
Airlines are going the extra length to develop seating that’s comfortable, especially for those sitting in business and first class, and for insanely long-haul flights that are becoming “a thing” of the twenty-first century.
But cleaning is not the only aspect of these seats. According to Recaro, the technology will also tell the next traveler sitting in the seat how well it cleaned it. It doesn’t even stop there. These seats will offer massages based on “predictions”, and possibly its own bar (a feature we usually only see in first class).
According to Recaro’s CEO, Mark Hiller, the main focus “is to create a hotel room in the sky”. As of now, the seat already costs $95,000 USD, and by adding on more features, the price may increase even more.
One of Recaro’s greatest competitor is Rockwell Collins, which makes sets “with antimicrobial coating”, though not every seat has this features, and many carriers don’t even select it for their planes.
Other technology features Recaro is looking to add to the self-cleaning business class seats is the ability for a passenger to change how much noise they hear, alter the amount of light surrounding them, and choose how warm or cold they want their space to be. The possibilities are endless, and Hiller sees that.
So how soon will we be able to experience these new, self-cleaning business class seats? According to Hiller, they are set to make their way on to commercial airlines in the next one to two years.