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 incredibly 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 and 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, with upper-tier passengers climbing steps or a small ladder to reach their seats. Rather euphemistically 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 quibble with the word “still.” While the design does have some advantages - at least some of the seats would be able to recline to 180 degrees - the idea of climbing a ladder during turbulence seems shaky. 

Detachable Cabins for Fast Turnaround Times

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This patent, awarded to Airbus just a couple months ago, is also for a detachable cabin. But unlike Tatarenko’s, Airbus’s concept is for efficiency, not safety. Rather than waiting for a flight to arrive, deplane and be cleaned, passengers could simply board a ready cabin. It 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 again for immediate deplaning. Different cabins with different kinds of seating or levels of luxury could be used for flights of different lengths or destinations. 

Windowless Cockpits

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For ideal aerodynamics, airplane noses should be long and 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, which 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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Lest you think Airbus is the only company in the strange patents contest, 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” tucked into a backpack beneath their seat. The system includes a head and chest cushion, and slings to support the arms. These are all attached to the seat with straps, allowing 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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COMMENTS (50)
  • MikhailP-del
    11/17/2017 - 04:45 p.m.

    It is quit intresting that that airplanes are adding this into there airplanes for extra safety if anything happens

  • AnnabelleA-del
    11/17/2017 - 04:48 p.m.

    The main idea of the article is about how different types of plane modifications can affect how we fly today. Designs express how comfortable the passengers will be, as well as the quality and safety of the arrangements are. I find that the capsule is a very smart thing. If I were in a plane like this, I would feel very safe inside it!

  • GemmaV-del
    11/17/2017 - 05:10 p.m.

    I think it would have to be Nap Straps. The system includes a head and chest cushion, and slings to support the arms. These are all attached to the seat with straps, allowing 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.

  • NatalieH-del
    11/17/2017 - 05:10 p.m.

    There are many strange and unique ideas for airplanes. In this article, we hear some ideas that people think will improve them. The article talks about detachable cabins, windowless cockpits, and nap straps.

  • PriscillaD-del
    11/17/2017 - 05:50 p.m.

    The main idea of the article is that a Ukrainian aviation engineer created a detachable plane. Modern commercial aviation is incredibly safe. But he thought it wouldn't hurt to try creating a safer plane. A detachable one. A plane that could save passengers from a catastrophe.

  • ChloeT-del
    11/17/2017 - 05:57 p.m.

    This article is about different and new suggestions and gadgets for airplanes. Like "double decker seating", "detachable cabins for fast turnaround times" and "nap traps". These are very benefiting and convenient ideas that can put the passenger at ease. These new ideas will encourage people to come to their airplanes since they have new arrangements for people.

  • ChloeT-del
    11/17/2017 - 06:00 p.m.

    I really like these ideas. If the airplane I was riding in had these new things, I would definitely want to try them. They are so interesting and they definitely caught my attention!This article was so intriguing!

  • DevanS-del
    11/17/2017 - 07:47 p.m.

    I think it's essential that when flying a plane, all passengers must be safe. They must be comfortable with their surroundings for a better flight experience. the "double-decker seating is probably the best idea. It allows more passengers on the plane at once.

  • EmilyN-del1
    11/17/2017 - 08:01 p.m.

    I do not think this is a very good idea. Why would you want to fly out of a plane in the first place. And even if there is a disaster in which they all need to leave if you are just flying out that is also unsafe. This was a good thought and maybe it will work well but I don't think I would be going on these airplanes.

  • SaraM-del
    11/17/2017 - 08:16 p.m.

    This article talks about a new invention of a safer version of an airplane. I found the article very interesting.

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