The Center for Process Innovation, a British technology research company, thinks they’ve got the next big step in aviation transportation figured out. Their idea is this: they want to remove the windows from passenger planes and replace them with OLED touch-screens that extend along the plane’s entire length and display the view from outside through cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior. Sounds scary? Only if you are afraid of heights and flying.
According to them, windows are one of the greatest sources of unnecessary weight in passenger planes. Solid walls are stronger and allow the walls to be built thinner as well. The OLED screens that replace the windows would display the view outside and allow passengers to select entertainment and stewardess service.
1. OLED screens along the plane’s length
This possibility should let the passengers get to see the world from above one hundredth percent, not only from the tiny windows. This way the passengers can literally feel like birds and would be able to see the clouds from every side of their seat.
2. What are OLEDs?
3. But, being able to look through the plane’s wall won’t be the only thing
These touchscreens will show passengers information about their flight and let them order stewardess service. So no longer pressing that coffee button above your head and waiting for the stewardess service to arrive by your service.
4. Hold on! Internet on the plane
5. It’s about the weight
The reason given for taking away the portholes is purely economic. No windows means less weight in the fuselage, making them cheaper to fuel and fly. So, it’s not really about the passengers and their fun during the flight. Of course, that story won’t get good sale as the one with the ultimate flying experience in the see through planes. The advertising images will have travelers so happy in their magic flying cloud they don’t notice the turgid coffee breath of the guy next to them or the constant elbowing by the lady in a parachute tracksuit who insists on getting up and stretching every half hour to ward off deep vein thrombosis.
6. Don’t worry it won’t be crazy expensive
7. What if you sit by the wing? Would you still be able to see without the wing blocking your sight?
Worried a wing might get in the way of your view? Don’t be. Developers say the cameras mounted on the exterior of the aircraft would provide unobstructed 360-degree views of the world zooming past. Passengers would even reportedly be able to set their screen to show a live stream of a different portion of the plane.