Question: Is getting in and out of the upper tier a challenging process for older or handicapped passengers?
Answer: No. The design of the Airsleeper uses 3 convenient steps that lead the passenger to the upper tier. This is no different to climbing 3 steps in your home or office and far simpler than the 20 or more steps required to get to the aircraft boarding process in many airports. For passengers who are unable to climb steps, more than half of the Airsleeper’s seats are on the floor level and have direct aisle access, making access easier and more available than in traditional economy or premium economy seats.
Question: Will I be “bottled in” when I get to the upper tier? Can I get out when I like? Does it depend on the position of the lower tier passengers or other factors?
Answer: No. Upper tier passengers are not bottled in at all – they can get in and out whenever they choose. In fact every passenger has aisle access at all times! The Airsleeper provides far better access than any conventional architecture. Because of the modularity of the Airsleeper, your neighbor does not have to give you permission to go for a walk or use the restroom.
Question: Will I be safe in my Airsleeper in the event of an emergency landing? What about emergency evacuations?
Answer: The Airsleeper is designed to be safer than any conventional aircraft seat under crash conditions. The deployment distributes the load on the human body and therefore minimizes injury. Head impact is taken into account even when the occupant is asleep. Unlike conventional architectures where passengers need to take specific braced positions ahead of an impact the Airsleeper design minimizes the need for such preemptive actions and therefore is effective even in an emergency where there is no time to awaken passengers and have them take special braced positions.
Emergency evacuation will be significantly faster than in a conventional architecture as each passenger has direct aisle access. There is no delay caused by other slower passengers in getting to the aisle. Moreover as the lower and upper tier passengers are staggered along the aisle, each passenger has a footprint on the floor of the aisle available immediately upon commencement of evacuation unlike in conventional architectures where multiple passengers may need to take the same path to the aisle.
Question: Will the cabin staff have access to service the upper tier passengers?
Answer: The unique design of the Airsleeper, places the passenger directly adjacent to the aisle while seated. Therefore the positions of the passengers on both tiers is far superior to conventional architectures where cabin staff must lean over several passengers to offer service, the seating positions used in Airsleeper will therefore drastically reduce spills and lead to greater quality service.
The height of the upper tier is such that it will be within easy reach of the cabin staff. In fact the manipulation of food trays from a higher location adjacent to the aisle is significantly easier than manipulation of such trays from a distant passenger from the aisle as in conventional architectures. The ergonomics are therefore much better with the Airsleeper and in conventional architectures.
Question: What happened to the conventional overhead compartment for luggage? How does the Airsleeper accommodate luggage?
Answer: Larger carry-on items are stored below the Airsleeper. This means that heavy carry-ons do not have to be hoisted up and potentially dropped. The luggage capacity of the Airsleeper storage is significantly larger than what is afforded by overhead bins. There will be additional storage space in each Airsleeper module for personal items. In some models of the Airsleeper where additional ceiling height is afforded, additional storage bins may be incorporated above the upper tier Airsleeper.
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