I think everyone is looking at the sketches incorrectly. Judging from the coloured drawings, it looks to me everyone would be facing the aisle, on a 45 degree angle towards the aisle, so you would basically stand up and walk forward. Almost like the new BA
first class suites. You shouldnt have to worry about reclined seats in an evcuation as all seat backs would be upright for take off / landing, emergency or not. Gimmie a break, do you think the current setup doesnt hinder your ability to evacuate??
As for the other 'views', they show the seats staggered but not angled toward the aisle. Properly angled, each passenger would have clear access to the aisle. Also, the images only show one seat bank and an aisle, with the aisle being at the top of the image - of course nobody is going to be blocked in. They're trying to create a more comfortable seat and allow passengers to move in and out without bother other seat mates - blocking in the window passenger would defeat what theyre trying to accomplish. So again if you angle each seat towards the aisle (towards the top of the drawing, it makes sense and I think its an very good idea and would be very popular and comfortable...
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