A detachable airplane cabin and other strange aviation ideas Vladimir Tatarenko's proposed detachable airplane cabin. (Vladimir Tatarenko/YouTube/Follash/Wiki Commons)
A detachable airplane cabin and other strange aviation ideas
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Modern commercial aviation is really safe. Still, things could always be safer. Right? That’s the thinking behind an odd-looking plane design. It was dreamed up by Vladimir Tatarenko. It was posted on YouTube. He was reported to be a Ukrainian aviation engineer. The design is for a detachable airliner cabin. It would fall away from the wings, engine and cockpit in case of an accident. It could land safely with parachutes. Critics say the design would not be cost effective. But the idea of parachuting away from certain doom no doubt appeals to nervous flyers.

Tatarenko’s detachable cabin is far from the only wild plane design to emerge in recent years. Here are some of the strangest aviation ideas in recent history. 

Double-Decker Seating

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In 2015, Airbus filed a patent for a design for a double-decker cabin seating arrangement. Passengers would literally sit one on top of the other. The upper-tier passengers would climb steps or a small ladder to reach their seats. It was referred to as “mezzanine seating.” The inventors claim it “still provides a high level of comfort for the passengers using the seat arrangement.” Those of us who routinely fly economy class may argue with the word “still.” The design does have some advantages. At least some of the seats would be able to recline to 180 degrees. But the idea of climbing a ladder during turbulence seems shaky. 

Detachable Cabins for Fast Turnaround Times

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This patent was awarded to Airbus. It is also for a detachable cabin. But unlike Tatarenko’s, Airbus’s concept is for efficiency. It is not for safety. Passengers would simply board a ready cabin. They wouldn’t have to wait for a flight to arrive, deplane and be cleaned. The cabin would be snapped into the plane’s body as soon as it was ready. When the plane reached its destination, the cabin would be detached. This would allow for immediate deplaning. There may be different cabins with different kinds of seating or levels of luxury. These could be used for flights of different lengths or destinations. 

Windowless Cockpits

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For ideal aerodynamics, airplane noses should be long. They should be pointy. But there’s the whole “pilots have to fit in the cockpit” problem. Well, what if the cockpit didn’t have to go in the nose of the plane? That’s part of the thinking behind this Airbus patent application. It proposes replacing the plane’s windshield with a digital viewing surface. Without a windshield, there’s no reason the cockpit needs to go in the front of the plane. It could go in the belly of the plane, or even in the tail. 

Nap Straps

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If you think Airbus is the only company in the strange patents contest, it’s not. Boeing’s got its own doozy of an entry, filed in 2013. With this invention, passengers looking for a nap can find an “upright sleep system.” It is tucked into a backpack beneath their seat. The system includes a head and chest cushion. It also includes slings to support the arms. These are all attached to the seat with straps. It allows the passenger to recline leaning forward. In action, the whole thing somewhat resembles a traction device for someone who’s been in a terrible accident. But we won’t knock it until we’ve tried it. It can hardly be worse than those inflatable doughnut-shaped pillows. 

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Which idea in the article do you think is the most beneficial? Why?
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COMMENTS (33)
  • joer-pol
    11/20/2017 - 11:16 a.m.

    The first idea/detachable cabin is the best because what if the plane is being hijacked and the plane has valuable content on board. Well,if the crooks take out the pilots first,the pilots could hit the detach button before the robbers get into the cargo space and steel the valuables. Then the items would be safe landing safely with a parachute to soften the landing/crashing.

  • BrianaM-del1
    11/20/2017 - 07:05 p.m.

    the idea in the article that is most beneficial is the parachutes so incase a plane were to land in water you could float

  • RJS-cha1
    11/27/2017 - 10:30 a.m.

    I think Vladimir Tatarenko's design for the detachable airliner cabin was the best design of these different ideas because it is a lot safer then a regular airplane. The detachable airliner cabin allows passengers to slowly fall through the sky with parachutes if the plane was to ever crash or put the passengers in danger. The design also focuses on safety more then comfort, which I believe is more important. This design can also help passengers feel more comfortable because they know if the plane were to ever be in danger, they would be safe.

  • 24kmjohn
    11/28/2017 - 10:33 a.m.

    The detachable cabin.
    It would be safer for the peoples that are on the aircraft.
    Also you can detach it if the plane goes down!!!!!!!!!!
    I also like the idea of up-right sleeping system.
    It looks very useful.

  • JosephB-A
    11/28/2017 - 12:32 p.m.

    idk

    • Idiot-A
      11/28/2017 - 12:40 p.m.

      Ok Seems Right

  • 24amwalk
    11/30/2017 - 10:32 a.m.

    Double-Decker Seating Because you can get more people on and you can have a little more space to move you set back. and instead of walking to your self you can use the latter to get to your seat.

  • 24mborn
    12/05/2017 - 09:47 a.m.

    it us so so horde

  • 24eberthaume
    12/05/2017 - 09:48 a.m.

    I think the nap straps are the most beneficial. During airplane rides, depending on how long it is, people most of the time need sleep. Whenever I'm on an airplane, I always nap and it's not comfortable. People need sleep to live, and sometimes airplane rides are during the night which means sleep will be more needed.

  • 24cstroud
    12/05/2017 - 09:50 a.m.

    the idea i think will be most benifical would be the detachable cabins because the cabin would be snapped in.and also be detrachable in case if somthing happens. passengers would board a cabin instead of the plane

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