I'm forever aguy. I love to fly in any form, but one of the most calming things I can do is stare out the window of an airplane with all distractions put away and watch the Earth go by. I once spent an entire flight from Boston to San Francisco just looking outside.
That said, color me curious about the prospect of a windowless commercial airliner. It may sound crazy, but Tim Clark, president of Emirates, podcast that the globe-hopping airline is open to the idea. Instead of real windows, passengers could gaze at virtual windows with images projected from outside via fiber-optic cameras.in a recent
Wild suggestions for the future of air travel are usually the domain of paying to use the loo), but Emirates is the airline that brought to the sky. Promises aside, what's more important is that the technology for virtual windowless planes exists.CEO Michael O'Leary (yes, the guy who floated the idea of
Emirates has already installed virtual windows in redesigned and ultra-posh first class suites on its new tried one of the suites late last year.-300ER aircraft. Zach Honig of The Points Guy praised the virtual windows when he
As Honig knows his airline amenities, I'll trust his word the technology is legit. Emirates isn't alone in mulling a windowless plane either. Spike Aviation is designing a supersonic business jet that would skip windows in favor of broadcasting the scene outside onto the entire wall of the cabin.
As much as I like the window, I could see this working. Here's how:
- Shutting out bright sunlight would be easy, saving you from fumbling with a shade or the
- Hopefully, you'd be able to change the view to see not only out of your side of the plane, but also from across the aisle. Never miss a thing!
- As Honig says, the camera delivers greater clarity then a standard window.
- That pesky wing would never get in the way and you'd never get stuck in one of those dreaded "window" seats where the row skips a real window.
Of course, I'd have to see them for myself to render a firm opinion. Still, this window seat guy is excited to see what happens.