Doing it sideways
“Having passengers face each other is not an ideal situation. ... But this will see increased revenue for the operator and more economical tickets for the passenger – so by keeping both happy, this concept makes an attractive alternative. Sure the passenger can choose a flight facing forward in a traditional seating position, but he or she will have to pay more for the luxury.”
[Design Q director Howard] Guy predicts that the design could see a 50 per cent increase in the number of passengers on board and a 30 per cent reduced cost per seat.
Personally, I’d probably be fine sitting this way and paying 30% less. For short flights, anyway. Staring at someone else’s face would get pretty old on the 14-hour trip to Seoul.