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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Which idea in the article do you think is the most beneficial? Why?
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COMMENTS (52)
  • ChloeR-del
    11/19/2017 - 12:58 p.m.

    I think the nap straps are the most beneficial. It can help everyone have a better sleep. Most people don't get enough sleep on planes and feel very tired. When you get tired you won't see as much tourist attractions. As said in the story it helps people who have been in a terrible accident. The other ones aren't good because: the double-Decker seating doesn't look as comfortable as the seats we have now. Also in case of turbulence you might bounce up and hit your head on the ceiling. The windowless cockpit is even worse! One of the cameras might shut down and the captains won't be able to see where they are going.

  • EsmeraldaV-del
    11/19/2017 - 03:54 p.m.

    This article is based on how different types of airplane modifications can affect the way we fly. I think the most beneficial idea in the article is Nap Straps. Nap Straps include a head and chest cushion, to make the passengers comfortable if they want to knock out in the middle of the flight. All of these glorious accessories are attached to the seat with straps.

  • JadeR-del
    11/19/2017 - 04:59 p.m.

    I think that the most beneficial idea is the double-decker seating because more people can ride on the plane and then there won't be as many planes in the air and fewer chemtrails.

  • RushB-del
    11/19/2017 - 05:03 p.m.

    I think the nap straps are the most beneficial because there are so many people sleeping on the plane so if there something that helps people who sleep it would be the best.

  • PedroM-del1
    11/19/2017 - 05:04 p.m.

    The article was "beneficial" because these new ideas can help more people aboard a plane and other "wonderful" ideas. (I don't think they beneficial or wonderful) Now opinion is the truth. So if you want to call it a fact, you are welcome to. Now no one is just gonna wanna fall out of a plane. You're probably gonna fall into the ocean, or on a billboard, or on a mountain, or on a person. Also who would want "double decker seats". Who wants some random person's dangling sweaty legs on your face? No one. And for physical and hygienic reasons too. It even stated in the Lego movie that that idea is stupid and useless. Nice patent you got there.

  • AlejandraC-del
    11/19/2017 - 08:28 p.m.

    This article was about the different designs and ideas for planes. I found that the design by Vladimir Tatarenko was the most beneficial idea when it came to emergencies. The detachable airliner cabin "would fall away from the wings, engine and cockpit in case of an accident. It could land safely with parachutes." I believe that this would be helpful in many cases in which a plane was in need of an emergency safety landing.

  • OlivierJ-del
    11/19/2017 - 08:59 p.m.

    This is a very interesting and great for all traveler's safety. I wonder how the cabin would be airtight and at what speed passengers would fall. I would be pretty scared falling from a high altitude.

  • JasminderK-del
    11/19/2017 - 10:19 p.m.

    this article is about how a Ukrainian aviation engineer came up with ideas to help make planes safer and make flying more "enjoyable" by making a detachable cabin, a row of seats that goes above the normal set, and the cockpit to be in other parts of the plane.

  • PoojaT-del
    11/19/2017 - 10:26 p.m.

    This article was very interesting to read. It is amazing to see what safety is in our world with technology. This is life changing. The world will be a whole new place.

  • EoinM-del
    11/20/2017 - 03:23 p.m.

    Nap straps for sure. I know for a fact that when I go on a plane I want to sleep. Therefore I want to have a good nap and feel safe. This is the perfect way to perfect this idea.

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