Gear and Tech
Securing A Window Seat Just Got Easier With Windowless Planes
By Sharelle Burt
If you’re that traveler who must have a window seat, things may become a lot easier in the near future.
Thanks to the Center for Process Innovation, future planes may just be windowless. The British technology and research firm is working on replacing those tiny windows you’re used to with OLED touch screens, code for organic light-emitting diode, making views of the horizon even more breathtaking.
While the technology seems too new and futuristic to be true, this same technology has been used for years. Televisions, tablets, mobile phones, and computer monitors have been hip to the game for a while now. Some big-name airlines have already mentioned being interested in implementing the windows.
Back in June 2018, Emirates Airlines unveiled a new first class suite on board their latest aircraft, Boeing 777-300ER, featuring virtual windows. The airline says it makes flights lighter and faster. Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said the images were “so good, it’s better than with the natural eye.”
Of course with new technology comes backlash and concerns. Some people have raised concerns that the screens can cause more light than normal, making flights somewhat uncomfortable to passengers. According to aviation safety expert Professor Graham Braithwaite of Cranfield University, another safety concern is the need for flight crews to be able to see outside the aircraft if there is an emergency.
“Being able to see outside the aircraft in an emergency is important, especially if an emergency evacuation has to take place,” Braithwaite said.
While the idea seems ideal for frequent travelers everywhere, experts will have plenty of time to work out all the kinks as this technology may not be available for another ten to fifteen years.