This idea could solve the worst thing about air travel

August 13, 2015, 9:54 PM UTC
Passengers on board an airplane
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Air travel is far from perfect—long waits, delays, cancellations, less legroom, the list of grievances goes on and on. In an attempt to remedy at least one of these problems, aircraft cabin company B/E Aerospace is proposing a new solution.

A patent application filed by the company would allow for airplane seats that passengers could adjust according to their height, Business Insider reports.

The idea would involve seats that operate on mechanisms controlled by a handheld device that could adjust them based on passengers’ body types. Taller people would get the legroom they need, and children would lose the room they don’t.

This idea, while innovative in attempting to make the most of airplane cabin space, faces a few problems, like the potential for mechanical failures or the introduction of new wait times as passengers are sorted by height. And as always, a patent application doesn’t guarantee an idea will make it to the real world.