If a window seat is enough to make you nervous on a flight, you might want to avoid a new kind of plane that could fly in as soon as a decade.
UK-based tech innovation company Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) hopes to be among the first to design a windowless aircraft. Instead of windows, the plane would have high-definition, flexible screens to show what's happening outside, as it soars through the air.
In other words, there are no actual windows in the plane's passenger section; the displays create the illusion that the cabin walls are transparent.
The concept for windowless aircrafts with displays isn't entirely new. A Paris-based company has a similar project in development, and there's also a design in the works for a windowless jet. But CPI believes the vision could become a reality within 10 years.
The imaging you'd see from the panels would come from mounted cameras outside of the aircraft that the developers say could offer an unobstructed panoramic view, meaning no visible wings or engines. Users could adjust the settings and use the displays for in-flight services, the company said.
The plane would use OLED screens (a high-end, thin-film display technology) with protective coatings made to preserve the displays for its lifetime.
Passengers would also be able to see and set their screen to show a live stream of outside surroundings from a completely different portion of the plane.
But this isn't just about a sleek new flight experience. CPI has made some pretty substantial claims about what this sort of technology could do for the flight industry. For starters, the plane walls would be thinner, more lightweight and stronger than what we have now.
It's also cheaper, CPI said, which could lead to less costly flights for consumers. According to its calculations, each time plane weight reduces 1%, there's a 0.75% savings in fuel cost, so the passenger, manufacturer and the airline will save money.
Of course, what the company said will happen and what actually happens could be very different things, but if you aren't flat-out terrified of this plane model, it could be a fascinating development for commercial aircrafts.
September 15, 2014 by Caroline Morse, SmarterTravel Staff
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Tip 1: Know the purpose of your trip – is it business-related, a beach vacation or a combination of both? Start to think about what events, weather and activities you might experience, pack from there.
Tip 2: Try to pick an area where you can lay everything out first, think of your days and what you will wear to pre-plan outfits. Try to mix and match as much as possible at this stage to decrease the number of items you’ll be bringing.
Tip 3: Start to fold everything individually. Casual pants and shirts can be rolled, socks tucked into shoes stored in shoe bags, sweaters folded, and undergarments or bathing suits in plastic zip lock bags by theme. Place your bundles in suitcase the suitcase with heavier items focused at the bottom. Separate delicate items so that you don’t get any catches or snags in the fabric.
Tip 4: Business or formal items need lots of tissue to prevent wrinkling. Tissue paper creates volume and prevents wrinkling. Ball up tissue and fill cups of shirts, dresses and bras, then lay a few pieces between where you fold.
Tip 5: If you are going to multiple destinations, try and pack accordingly. Pack for each destination in separate bags or suitcases.
Tip 6: Take a picture with your smart phone of your suitcase (in case it’s lost) and make sure your name and address is marked clearly both inside and outside. This makes it much easier for the airline to locate and contact you in case it’s lost.
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Thread your necklaces through plastic drinking straws to avoid tangles. Cut the straws to a desired length for bracelets and anklets.
When packing toiletries, unscrew the lids and cover each opening with a small piece of plastic wrap and then screw the lids back on.
Make your own flat iron/ curling iron holder. Fold a pot holder in half and sew along the edge. Now you can pack it even while it is hot.
Save on space by transferring products like foundation and liquid blush into a contact lens case.
Pack your shoes inside shower caps to keep dirt from getting on your clothes.
Protect your camera by storing it in a hard plastic saop case.
Use an empty tic tac container to store items such as bobby pins, toothpicks, or place a needle, some thread and a few buttons inside for a mini sewing kit.
Make your own single use antibiotic packs by squeezing the product into plastic straws and melt the ends closed with a lighter.
Use buttons to keep matching earrings together and keep them from getting lost in the corner creases of your bag.
If your heading to the beach don't forget to pack some baby powder. Pour a small amount onto your hands then rub it on your skin to remove sand.
Use a plastic cereal dispenser as a trash can for your car.
Turn a pill container into a portable spice kit.
Place cotton balls and cotton pads inside your makeup containers to keep them secure so that they don't break.
Don't forget about your house plants while you are away. Make your own automatic watering system by filling a vase with water. Using a 1/4" nylon cord place one end in the vase touching the bottom. Place the other end into the soil of your potted plant about 3 inches deep. The nylon will wick the water from the vase and water your plant as needed.
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