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German design firm suggests cigar-shaped planes ease crowding

German design firm suggests cigar-shaped planes ease crowding
Passengers await to deplane a United Airlines flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. A German design company says plane cabins should be wider in the middle--like a cigar--to make it easer to load and unload passengers. (Richard Derk/Los Angeles Times)

A German design company thinks the best way to cut the time it takes to load passengers on an airplane is to reshape the cabin to resemble a cigar.

The idea behind the cigar design by Ugur Ipek Design is to make the aisles wider in the middle of the cabin, where the passengers first enter and need room to shuffle around one another to find their seats. Under the proposed design, the cabin gets narrower toward the front and back of the plane.

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The design also calls for doubling the size of the entry doors. If successful, the new design would allow airlines to load a plane in 10 minutes or less.

European airplane manufacturer Airbus is considering the design.

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