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Airbus Planning Transparent Planes

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the or-should-i-just-punch-up-'clear' dept.

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goG writes "European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has come up with the idea to build a passenger flight with a completely transparent fuselage. The central body of the aircraft will allow passengers to the see the stars above and city lights below. 'The planes of the future will offer an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the wonders of the five continents — where you will be able see the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower through the transparent floor of the aircraft,' Airbus said while unveiling the concept 'The Future By Airbus' earlier this year."

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OMG YES! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642596)

Teh future is AWESOME and AMAZING and BRILLIANT and SASQUATCH! FTW!

This would scare the hell out of me (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642616)

I dunno about anyone else, but knowing there is something non-transparent and solid around me is about the only thing that makes flying semi-sane for me. ;)

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (3, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642792)

I'm with you, man. I'm not afraid of heights, but the idea of experiencing a steep banking turn with a transparent fuselage makes fairly nauseous.

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643034)

I doubt very much I would like to see through the hull during storms or particularly dicey landings.

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642796)

Agreed. Where is the "donotwant" tag?

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (1, Informative)

burne (686114) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642810)

You're ignoring issues with the weight of glass or the strength of polycarbonate.

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642880)

You're ignoring issues with the weight of glass or the strength of polycarbonate.

Because, according to TFA, these new planes will be made of a transparent ceramic. Obviously the Airbus designers are high on something more prosaic. Otherwise they would have realized that the obvious next step is transparent aluminum.

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642944)

Maybe it's aluminum ceramics?

Re:This would scare the hell out of me (5, Interesting)

Shadow99_1 (86250) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642996)

I have a fear of falling (and the more likely to my brain falling is the more the fear kicks in), glass or transparent anything that I'd stand, sit, or other hope to hell is going to support me would give me a full blown panic attack...

Btw lots of people tell me it's just a fear of heights, except I'm fine on high things that seem solid and unlikely to fall... A cabin on the top of a 'mountain', won't bother me. A thin metal bar on the edge of a bridge 200 feet overlooking the ground (or water) makes me nervous. The transparent flooring on the upper level of a skyscrapper I once visited was another to have me curled up on the floor...

I for one (5, Insightful)

KillaGouge (973562) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642618)

I would really love to fly on an aircraft that was designed like this. I enjoy flying and would really love to see everything bellow. The only problem is the baggage compartment, and the routing of the wire, hoses, and conduit.

Re:I for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642754)

I am not sure that I really want to see what they do in the baggage compartment during the transitions between stops. I might not want my bag back.

Re:I for one (2, Insightful)

Speare (84249) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642772)

A thousand other replies followed yours, with every variation of Wonder Woman, transparent cargo, wiring and bathrooms. Congrats on being fastest, or first to get an Insightful mod.

Personally, I think that temperature regulation and solar dazzle will be a lot harder problem. Already, flying north or south near sunset can have a noticeable impact on cabin temperatures, and everyone slides the blinds closed on the sunward side. What if you don't have those options? You're going to be the ant in the jar, left to sweat it out in the direct sunlight. Such a plane would be suitable only for short excursion use.

Help for airsickness too. (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642850)

On really bumpy flights and boat trips for that matter, I get pretty sick. Looking out to the horizon makes me feel much better. It's hard on an aircraft when you're sitting in the aisle seat or in the middle of the center pack on a 777.

Re:I for one (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642924)

The US already has a transparent UAV [wikimedia.org] in development.

Re:I for one (0, Offtopic)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642962)

If you want to see everything bellow, kick everything square in the nuts and it will bellow pretty loudly. If everything is a girl, punch it in the ovaries.

I wonder... (4, Insightful)

Mogster (459037) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642632)

Is it perchance piloted by Amazonian princesses? If so I'm in

Re:I wonder... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642706)

Uh, this is embarrassing, actually, I'm in the bathroom.

Lawsuit! I Smell Lawsuit! (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642806)

Hey Airbus, landshark representing Detective Comic is on the phone. They want to discuss your apparent lack of proper licensing...

meh.. (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642634)

meh... Wonder Woman has had a transparent plane for nearly 70 years...

An interesting idea (1)

Dakkus (567781) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642640)

Why does this make me think of telescopes and skirts?

Re:An interesting idea (1)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642770)

Well, the next concept is for a double decker, with flight attendants wearing miniskirts and no panties. Lower deck seats cost double.

Re:An interesting idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642822)

That's the Ryanair version - attractive women fly cheaper on the upper deck, men are charged more for the lower deck.

Re:An interesting idea (2, Funny)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642838)

The next concept after that is for a double decker, with flight attendants wearing miniskirts and no panties. Upper deck seats cost double.

...

Oh and did i mention that the flight attendants are all male?

Re:An interesting idea (1)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642892)

Depends on the demographic you want to attract.

Ladies and gentlemen, (1)

drainbramage (588291) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642642)

I would like to introduce our pilot today, Wonder Woman.

Cue the transparent aluminum jokes (1)

sjbe (173966) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642644)

Commence Star Trek references in 3... 2... 1...

Re:Cue the transparent aluminum jokes (2)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642722)

> Commence Star Trek references in 3... 2... 1...

How quaint.

Re:Cue the transparent aluminum jokes (2, Funny)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642746)

Now that airlines are forcing larger passengers to buy double seats, all I can say is:

"There be whales here!"

Re:Cue the transparent aluminum jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642858)

Yeah, so I eat a bunch. So what?

I also ate too much LDS back in the 60s. And that isn't a Star Trek reference... I was a very anti religious cannibal in the past and those fucking mormons just kept coming to my front door smelling all nice trying to "deliver" me... Well, I guess in a way they succeeded because, yeah, it was like free delivery.

Re:Cue the transparent aluminum jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642870)

ST references: if they focus on transparent aluminum, you're doing it wrong.

Try, say, Uhura in TOS uniform. Or maybe Yeoman Rand -- after all, you can't see that absurd beehive from below, and the rest of her is put together quite well.

I hope..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642648)

I hope their blueprints don't include transparent lavatories.

Transparent cargo? (1)

KingFrog (1888802) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642650)

I rather expect the real effect will be that a transparent fuselage will allow the passengers an hours-long view of their luggage sitting in the cargo hold below their feet.

Re:Transparent cargo? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643018)

Maybe they hide that with an invisibility cloak.

Buy! Buy! (1)

bobjackiewicz (810065) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642652)

I'm buying shares in the company that makes barf bags. Hellllooooooo retirement!

Re:Buy! Buy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33643024)

Actually, a better view of the horizon should REDUCE airsickness, since the ears and the eyes will both have a sense of motion instead of the eyes seeing a static, unmoving cabin.

it would be awesome, but impossible (2, Insightful)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642658)

How can you make all of the airplane transparent? It's probably not possible with most of it at all, given how many wires, pipes, tubes, insulation, bolts and nuts there are there.

I would love to fly a fully transparent plane though, completely transparent, that would be super awesome!

Except that there would be other passengers there to spoil the view, and fuel. That would be weird.

Re:it would be awesome, but impossible (2, Funny)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642744)

Yeah, there might be other passengers, but at least everyone else could enjoy it when a couple joins the mile high club.

Re:it would be awesome, but impossible (2, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642918)

Given the size of an average American, do you really want to see any of that?

Re:it would be awesome, but impossible (2, Insightful)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643090)

I may not want to see it, but Rule 34 would imply that someone does.

Besides, there are international flights.

Re:it would be awesome, but impossible (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643120)

And more importantly, not how, but why?

I am sure some people would love it on landing and takeoff, but I see a lot of inconvenience.

I hate heights, and I like to be able to nap in the dark on some of those long daytime flights, which arrive in the morning.

Nah, this will be a prototype, the real thing will only have an observation deck :)

Invisible jet? (1)

perbert (241785) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642660)

Would they also require the pilots to dress like Wonder Woman?

Re:Invisible jet? (1, Funny)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642704)

Hopefully only the female ones.

Transparent luggage? (2, Funny)

DrData99 (916924) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642662)

And the baggage in the luggage compartment won't affect the view? Really?

Re:Transparent luggage? (1)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642882)

I was thinking the carpet might also be a problem too.

Re:Transparent luggage? (2, Funny)

guardiangod (880192) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642914)

You fool! We are the baggage! The luggage will be in the passenger compartment. Now down you go!

New requirements (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642952)

In the future, you'll no longer be able to check any luggage or have carryons. Also, you will fly naked on the transparent plane. Enjoy!

Re:New requirements (1)

DrData99 (916924) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643020)

That should enable the elimination of TSA completely! A Win-Win!

I hope... (2, Funny)

Muckluck (759718) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642664)

the bathrooms are not transparent. Or maybe I don't...

View of the cargo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642674)

Wouldn't a view downward, be that of the cargo?

The Barony Cabin (1)

No Lucifer (1620685) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642678)

Just one step closer to creating Blaine the Mono.

Waste (1)

jdastrup (1075795) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642682)

How about solve the current problems of airplanes first? Maybe flight recorder boxes that float, or no box - just send the data real-time to the ground. Maybe whole-plane parachutes? I'd take that before a transparent one any day.

Re:Waste (2, Informative)

0123456 (636235) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642758)

Maybe whole-plane parachutes? I'd take that before a transparent one any day.

They exist; they're just so heavy and so unlikely to be useful that no-one is willing to take the performance hit for installing such a system on an airliner. If I remember correctly, the proposed system I saw some years ago for a 747 required 14 large parachutes spread around the plane.

Plus you're more likely to scare people off by doing so than gain new passengers; who wants to fly on an airline which is so scared of their planes crashing that they fit parachutes to them?

Re:Waste (1)

Dragoniz3r (992309) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643030)

Plus you're more likely to scare people off by doing so than gain new passengers; who wants to fly on an airline which is so scared of their planes crashing that they fit parachutes to them?

Right, because knowing that my airline provider DENIES their engineering problems, rather than providing backup systems, is what I really want.

Re:Waste (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643058)

Plus you're more likely to scare people off by doing so than gain new passengers; who wants to fly on an airline which is so scared of their planes crashing that they fit parachutes to them?

Me.

Bit of a silly argument, that. It's like asking who wants to use a mode of transport that's so scared of their planes crashing that they use air traffic control, radar, preventive maintenance, life jackets, safety briefings before every flight, and a host of other safety measures. Passengers most likely won't even know the chutes are there, they'll be made far more aware of the life jackets and oxygen masks.

Re:Waste (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642854)

Whole plane parachutes are already a reality on many private planes, just look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plane_parachute [wikipedia.org] the problem is, it just takes too many parachutes to work on something like a 747 or something.

Transparent floor? (1)

chaynlynk (1523701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642686)

Unless they make transparent cargo, this is useless.

That will rule for the scared of heights folk. (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642718)

Oh look 30,000 feet of nothingness below me under this transparent floor.

Re:That will rule for the scared of heights folk. (1)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642804)

They'll probably just fly on the 10-times-cheaper regular planes.

What about people who are afraid of heights? (1)

Inquisitor911 (935895) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642724)

I'd love to see the reactions of people who are afraid of heights when they discover that their plane is totally transparent.

Re:What about people who are afraid of heights? (1)

Dan Berlin (682091) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642778)

The standard reaction is to take xanax.

Sounds boring as hell (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642732)

Any flight over the Atlantic will be a nice view of the ocean for 7 or so hours.

If you can see around the luggage. How about just making it cheaper and more comfortable. I honestly would take a flight that took 30% longer if it was just more comfortable.

Re:Sounds boring as hell (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643134)

Cheaper?! Air fares haven't gone up since the 80s...(yet the price of fuel has, exponentially...)

And if you want comfortable, go fly on Singapore or Emirates.

I guess plastic floors are cheaper than aluminum (1)

David7 (946912) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642740)

This is highly unlikely to actually happen. As bobjakiewicz noted, it would greatly increase the number of people suffering from motion sickness and other related problems. The only motivation I can think of for this announcement is that Airbus has somehow discovered a type of plastic that weighs less than aluminum but is strong enough to use for an aircraft body.

Re:I guess plastic floors are cheaper than aluminu (1)

jdastrup (1075795) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642824)

Transparent Aluminum. In other news, Airbus has been contracted to transport several humpback whales for unknown reasons.

Re:I guess plastic floors are cheaper than aluminu (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643066)

Do they also build warp drives into their planes, and offer flights around the sun?

Re:I guess plastic floors are cheaper than aluminu (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643114)

This is highly unlikely to actually happen. As bobjakiewicz noted, it would greatly increase the number of people suffering from motion sickness and other related problems.

Huh? I thought motion sickness was caused by being moved while deprived of the visual cue of what's causing the motion, hence sea sickness when you're in the cabin but not feeling so bad once you go out on deck and look at the horizon. Alternatively, you might not be moving at all but you might be getting visual cues that make you think you are, and when your ears don't pick up on the motion that they're expecting based on what the eyes are saying, you get nauseous, like I used to get when looking at the overdone shaky camera work of NYPD Blue.

  I would have thought that better awareness of the external surroundings would make you less prone to motion sickness, not more.

Or what will actually happen. (4, Insightful)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642766)

Transparent ceramic planes using super-expensive future technology that will take years and years to actually make work! It'll be awesome! You'll be able to see through the plane! Except for the fuel, seats, luggage compartments, probably the floor, A/C ducting, electrical conduit, the bulkhead separating you from the pilot, the bathrooms in the back...

Or I guess we could just make the windows a little bigger.

Re:Or what will actually happen. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642942)

Think about it - there'll be no need when the plane crashes for the pilot to actually announce the fact. The passengers can see the ground rapidly approaching them! It'll save precious seconds so passengers can prepare themselves.

Or see the nose of the plane that's about to ram into them. Or see the mountain that the pilots are failing to see. Or the water that's rapidly approaching.

Or the hijacker can quickly verify that you are definitely heading the way they want to go, instead of believing the pilot.

Oh yeah, and if bits and pieces are coming off the plane, the passengers can helpfully advise the flight crew that the wing or tail seem to be missing. An engine fire will light up the cabin in a nice old-timey camping way.

Transparent (4, Insightful)

pitterpatter (1397479) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642774)

Clear hydraulic fluid in clear lines; transparent aluminum [slashdot.org] wiring in nylon insulation. What a concept!

See Through Floor? (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642814)

Yeah, somehow I don't think having the ability to look down and see your feet dangling over the earth from 50,000 feet up will make people enjoy flying more....

Purple Ether Mollasses ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642820)

Smilin' Mylan approves !

This begs the question... (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642826)

Given current airline trends - if we're all crammed together only a few inches apart, will we actually be able to see anything except the stars above? We'll be lucky to see anything but other peoples' feet.

Note to wannabe nazis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642930)

This actually does beg for a question, which has absolutely nothing to do with circular reasoning by arguing from your principle assumptions to your principle assumptions, which is what petito principii (seeking the principles) means when it's properly translated from Latin (and quite possibly the Greek it was likely originally described in).

Quit ranting about your mistranslated bullshit and let us keep our English words "beg" and "question" meaning what they mean in English, not what some centuries old vulgar thought they meant in Latin.

screw zero fatality, lets just make them pretty (1)

Dan Berlin (682091) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642836)

I'll take planes that don't kill everyone when they have issues over pretty and nicer cabins. If you download their presentation it's quite funny: "The engines of the future will have no risk of failure, so can be placed at the rear and remove the need for a vertical tail." What could go wrong?

Awesome (2, Funny)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642840)

Now we can scare the bejeezus out of people who are suffering from both Aviatophobia (fear of flying), AND Acrophobia (fear of heights). Give the passengers some double strength espresso and now you've got a show! Woo-ga!

Re:Awesome (2, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643100)

On the other hand, I guess claustrophobics will like it.

A cheaper solution (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642842)

Wouldn't it be cheaper to just put a strategically placed webcam or two and pipe it to the tv built into the seat back?

Re:A cheaper solution (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643036)

Even better, do something like google sky on android phones. As you move the screen it shows you what is outside the plane so you can just see what you want.

Probability zero (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642844)

H. Sapiens has a built in fear of heights. Take a six month old kid and try to get him to crawl over a pane of glass suspended at a meter's altitude - no go. It's been tested, after reaching a certain age he won't do it. He has figured out the dangers of the Z coordinate.

Now stuff a hundred people on a plane and repeat the experiment. You'll have people screaming in terror as they fight to reach the exits. However much you rationalize it, fear of heights is built in into the average H. Sapiens brain.

B.S. detector fodder (4, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642852)

Oh come on, no way is this going to happen or work. It's not like the plane only holds the passenger compartment, and I can't see going to the effort to give the passengers a good view of the luggage, extra cargo, and distressed pets, which will all block the view, as well as letting the passengers see the condition of the wiring, landing gear and other controls. And even if the airlines really wanted to do this and found a way for all of the extra stuff to not block the view, the thickness of the curved hull would so drastically distort the view that it would not be worth doing.

It would be far simpler with today's technology to give everyone individual steerable, zoomable access to video cameras. I don't expect that to happen, and I don't believe that Airbus will ever build Wonder Woman's plane, the passenger version.

Re:B.S. detector fodder (1)

trb (8509) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643124)

It would be far simpler with today's technology to give everyone individual steerable, zoomable access to video cameras. I don't expect that to happen, and I don't believe that Airbus will ever build Wonder Woman's plane, the passenger version.

Planes already have under-body forward-view video cameras that you can see on your personal seatback display. I had one on a flight from NYC to Hong Kong (over the north pole), and I got to look at solid white clouds for 15 hours, except for takeoff and landing - hearing which noises synched with the landing gear retracting was interesting. Transparent skin seems silly to me.

Not a great idea... (1)

RafaelAngel (249818) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642868)

The motion sickness would make everyone sick. I get sick just staring at the wing when the pilot is turning. It would just be too disorientating.

actually (1)

KillaGouge (973562) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642872)

Couldn't this be better accomplished by having cameras mounted on the bottom of the plane, and replace the floor with monitors?

Not necessary. In 10-15 years we'll have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642890)

Virtual private cabins. It will appear like in TFA, but without the crazy transparent fuselages.

How do I know? I've invented it!

Luckily (1)

605dave (722736) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642904)

Luckily the barf bags will still be an non-transparent white.

Obligatory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642906)

So, Safety?? (1)

Earl The Squirrel (463078) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642932)

Let's see, how frequently do airplanes have to use the following FAA rule:

1. Practice the "see and avoid" concept at all times regardless of whether the operation is conducted under Instrument (IFR) or Visual (VFR) Flight Rules.

(from http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/tracon/anchorage/pilots_info/mca/ [faa.gov] )

I'm thinking FAA would frown on this type of plane simply because of the potential safety issue...

"Hey, did you see that big transparent plane over their thru the fog?"

Should offer a good view of stars (1)

yeremein (678037) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642982)

On a couple of flights, I've tried to catch a glimpse of the stars through the window--far above city lights, with less atmosphere to look through, I'd think it'd be a pretty good view. The placement of the window makes it very difficult to look "up", however--not to mention the blinking light on the wing and all the interior lights preventing any sort of dark adaptation.

A plane with a transparent fuselage should solve two of these problems by permitting a line of sight that doesn't require craning your neck and is angled away from the wingtip light. It'd still be tricky to block out other local lights, but maybe possible...

No they are not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33642992)

They asked for wild concept ideas for air travel circa 2050, this was one of them. They have no plans for it.

Typical slashdot.

more likely an "AAAAUUUGGHHHHH!" plane (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 4 years ago | (#33642994)

nothing like looking down on takeoff, folks, to make you wonder what you're up to.

except maybe seeing the runway lights coming at ya from 50 feet.

or watching a tire disintegrate on the landing gear.

"for your pleasure, we offer earphones for $5, soft drinks for $2, pillows for $4, and clock-stopping horse-pill tranquilizers for $25. please don't mob the stewards as they make their way down the mffff THUMP THUMP GIMME THAT!"

Anyone planning planes with adequate seat room? (1)

sdnick (1025630) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643000)

Or are we all going to keep on pretending that this is 1960, and that the average American man is still about 5'7 and weighs around 150 lbs?

Wonder Woman will not be happy (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643012)

if this becomes common.

Deja vu all over again... (3, Insightful)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643038)

I remember the concepts for the 747... Piano lounge upstairs with a bar. Private cabins. Luxurious accomodations.

Didn't take long for the 747 to become a large cattle car. Any bets on how long the luxury will last?

Better serve some Quaaludes (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643044)

To me this sounds awesome, a super wonder-womanish invisible plane streaking through the sky where you can watch the world below and the sky above.

For those already nervous about air travel, it sounds like a recipe for a Grade A Freakout. So if they do extend the small portal you can look through currently, then I hope they provide some way to block it off too...

Not to mention, if you've even been inside of a plane on a hot day with the sun coming in - even the small windows they have add a huge amount of heat to a plane. Just think of a transparent plane out for an hour or two on a Houston tarmac!

Heights? (1)

ksandom (718283) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643070)

I love the concept of this, but I can't see my mum going for it!

It's too much like a Stephen King novel (1)

websters (854886) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643080)

Bigger windows that can still be covered will be fine, thanks. All I thought of when I read this was Blaine the Mono

Far more likely... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33643094)

is that we'll be given display glasses that project a view "through" the fuselage (and all the baggage, passengers, fuel, etc, that others are pointing out as problematic.) Basically what they're doing in the F-35, but a few decades of advances in cheap display, camera, and compute tech should make something like that pretty economical.

They can't even sell the planes they have (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643096)

and now they want to make transparent planes. Bah just another marketing gimmick from company that can barely sell the bloated A-330's that have been sieged with cost over runs and failing sales (not to mention canceled orders). Yeah I could supply refences to my claim but I'm at work and I don't feel like it. that's what Google is for). Nothing to see here people move along.

"negating the need for windows" (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33643108)

FTA: "...additional functionality that provides transparency on command, negating the need for windows."

Oh, thank fuck. Does that mean I can finally ditch the last vestiges of it living in wine and a sometimes-booted VirtualBox installation?

It will be made off (1)

Kakao (1626933) | more than 4 years ago | (#33643126)

something that does not yet exist! Just wait a minute until I project my own plane with any unimaginable material and you will see what a wonder!
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