No Windows on Planes?
I was reading an article about a proposed new technology for aircrafts that would take away a very coveted amenity for many people, particularly the visual-type, photographer/media professional like myself, and that is the window seat. Well, let me re-phrase that, ...the seat stays, the window goes. Wait, ...what?!?
A company by the name of IXION has come up with a concept in which an airplane has no windows, or better yet, it has ALL the windows.
I couldn't quite wrap my head around this so as I further read the piece, it said that:
"... cameras on the exterior of this as-yet-unbuilt jet would provide jaw-dropping 360-degree views of what you would be seeing if your airplane were a transparent glass tube shuttling through the sky."
Hmm...., I thought, -so kinda like Wonder Woman's plane? Not exactly.
The walls would basically be floor-to-ceiling video monitors in which they could display anything from aerial landscapes, to flying over Paris or flying in space. I suppose that could be cool for a quick ride or two, but I don't think I would want to give that much control over what I see to a pre-programmed in-flight scenery menu. I still enjoy looking out the window and as many times as I have flown in my life for both personal and business purposes, I never grow tired of watching the sun either rise or set from my window seat. The immensity of the ocean on a clear day mesmerizes me as much as it did the first time I saw it. As difficult as it may be sometimes to take clear photos through the often unclear window glass, I get a kick out of it as it reminds me of the beautiful sights on earth I don't get to see, unless I'm at 30,000 feet in the air while looking down at it.
I've read about other companies working on similar projects to improve drag and other weight issues on aircrafts thus making them more efficient, but again, I'm not sure I personally would be willing to give up windows. I'm not claustrophobic but the thought of it just seems very unnatural to me and besides, I would not be able to snap a photo of something if I wanted to do so.
I wonder what other people think about this. What do YOU think?
Is this part of that inevitable future that we just have adapt ourselves to and accept?
I guess only time will tell.
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