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Worst Airline Seats Ever?
CNBC.com | September 13, 2010 | 11:52 AM EDT

You think sitting in coach is setting you up for a deep vein thrombosis?

Prepare yourselves.

An Italian company called Aviointeriors , which manufactures commercial airline seats, is debuting the SkyRider, a seat with "a 23-inch pitch or less".

That means there's 23 inches from your seatback to the one in front of you—at least eight inches shorter than most conventional economy class seats.

"The SkyRider has been designed and engineered to offer the possibility to even further reduce ticket prices while still maintaining sound profitability," says the company. "With a much reduced seat pitch, the SkyRider preserves a comfortable position for the low fare passengers." They're assuming there's any comfort currently worth preserving. But the company believes it can at least maintain the current level of discomfort with a special saddle seat (plus room for personal baggage!). "The passenger's seating position is similar to that of a touring motor-scooter ride."

The seats will be unveiled this week in Long Beach, California at the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas.

Aviointeriors says it's completing testing of the chairs, and once a carrier expresses interest, the company will apply for certification in the U.S. and Europe.

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