2862: Typical Seating Chart
|Typical Seating Chart|
Title text: Now that airlines have started adding wheel locks to their drink carts, less than half of flights have one accidentally fall out through the hole.
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This comic shows a seating chart for an airplane, albeit with several unusual aspects not normally found on planes.
|Cowcatcher||Front of plane||It is unclear whether this is meant for when the plane is taxiing, in which case this could "catch" any cows that are unlucky enough to be in the airport, or if this is meant to "catch" flying cows. Perhaps this is perhaps an oblique reference to the saying "when pigs fly" (meaning "never"). The term is normally used for the metal grate on the front of some trains, which is intended to deflect obstacles (including animals) rather than to capture them. The comic's depiction is similar to a train cowcatcher.|
|Please only pick these seats if you're a pilot||Cockpit||These are the cockpit seats, which should naturally only be used by pilots. However it's possible the airline might have a system like in 726: Seat Selection, where a passenger can pick the seat.|
|Main stage||First Class||This plane is apparently set up to hold a concert or other performance in flight.|
|Mosh pit||The inclusion of a mosh pit implies that the intended performances would be concerts featuring punk, heavy metal, or music of similar genres.|
|Various fancy classes||This is the first actual seating type (the fancy classes here often referred to as First Class and Business Class).|
|Some airplane companies waste this space||Wings||The comic suggests that the space in (or on?) the wings is unused. In reality the space in the wings is often used for fuel, and it is not safe to sit on the wing. The Junkers G.38 was one airplane that had seating in the wing (and forward facing windows).|
|Lookout||End of wings||Presumably these passengers are required to look for any dangers to the plane. It is unclear what these dangers are, but it could be the pursuers mentioned in the description of the tail gunners.|
|Passenger has to pedal||Propellers||The passengers' pedaling is likely what causes two of the engines to work in this plane. It is unlikely that two passengers powering propellers can contribute significantly to the power of the other two jet engines.|
|Hole for trash||Middle of plane, just behind wings||A big hole right in the middle of the plane would be unlikely to exist in reality due to the danger of people or things falling through the hole (such as drink carts as mentioned in the title text) and possibly landing on other things, as well as the inability to maintain pressure in the cabin. Planes typically keep all trash on board until they land.
There have been reported incidents of waste (from bathrooms) falling from airplanes in the form of "Blue Ice", though these are by accidental leaks rather than by design.
|Sidecar||Left side of plane, behind wings||A sidecar is a small device that is attached to a main vehicle to provide additional support or space. It is unlikely that this would be needed for an airplane, and would likely make it less stable. The Rutan Boomerang and Blohm & Voss BV 141 are notable exceptions, but their sidecars are not for passengers.|
|Extra middle seats||Back of plane||Here the aisle moves to add two more seats in a row on one side. The 5 total seats are the aisle, three middle seats, and one window seat. This could actually exist, although it would be inconvenient to traverse. Middle seats are generally considered less desirable than aisle or window seats, so having extras might not typically be seen as an advantage. On the other hand, families might prefer being able to ride closer together, especially with smaller children -- and since the seats on the other side have no neighbors, this might be a desirable feature for solitary travelers (if they don't mind being so near potentially large traveling families with kids).|
|Bumper car seating||Just in front of tail||These seats are presumably not attached to anything, instead able to move freely like bumper cars. In reality, this would likely not be approved. Alternatively, the seats could simply be Bumper cars.|
|Penthouse||Tail (rudder)||A seat located in the tail, presumably higher than the rest. Some Etihad Airways planes actually have an apartment like cabin class called "the residence" that is sometimes called a penthouse by the media. This is located at the front of the plane, though, and it's unclear if this a reference to this.|
|Extra legroom||Hanging off of left side of tail||A common complaint with airplane seating is the lack of legroom. These seats do not have this problem - in fact, they have the entire atmosphere as legroom. Loss of shoes and/or glasses or other loose clothing could be an issue, as these seats appear to be outside the protection of the pressure-controlled main cabin, so passengers would bear the brunt of the wind.|
|Fighter escort||Separate, smaller plane||A small fighter jet flying alongside the main plane. Presumably some or all of the people inside are also passengers, but it is unclear if some of them might also have to operate the jet (especially since similar roles are given to passengers in the main plane).|
|Tail gunners (Must protect plane from pursuers but earn extra miles)||Tail (riding above the stabiliser)||People in these seats must protect the plane from any pursuers. The fact that these people are passengers is clear from the incentive of extra air miles. Frequent-flyer programs are a common system that airlines implement where passengers can receive special awards for flying often.|
The title text expands on the hole, suggesting that it was a common occurrence for drink carts to fall down the hole until they implemented wheel locks. The lack of wheel locks would make it easier for a cart to slide towards the hole.
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- Typical Airliner Seating Chart
- [Labeled items of a plane from front to back:]
- [Front of plane:]
- [Cockpit (2 seats):]
- Please only pick these seats if you're a pilot
- [First Class section (22 seats):]
- Main stage
- Mosh pit
- Various fancy classes
- [Wings (2 x 55 seats):]
- Some airplane companies waste this space
- [Ends of wings (2 x 1 seat):]
- [Propellers (2 x 1 seat):]
- Passenger has to pedal
- [Middle of plane, just behind wings:]
- Hole for trash
- [Left side of plane, behind wings (7 seats):]
- [Back of plane (24 seats):]
- Extra middle seats
- [Just in front of tail (4 seats):]
- Bumper car seating
- [Tail (1 seat):]
- [Hanging off of left side of tail (3 seats):]
- Extra legroom
- [Tail (4 seats):]
- Tail gunners (Must protect plane from pursuers but earn extra miles)
- [Separate, smaller plane to the right (14 seats):]
- Fighter escort
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