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Does this patented illustration show the grim future of flying economy?

No frills.

Such is the ease of travelling on the cheap these days, it’s a phrase that’s gone from largely describing supermarket-own bourbons to short haul flights to Alicante.

Now those of us who choose to holiday with budget airlines may have been given an eyeful of the future, after civil aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus submitted a patent for some seats which reconfigure based on passenger size. Aside from the pluses for plus size passengers, the designs could just as easily have a negative affect, fuelling fears that low cost airlines are looking to squeeze as many people on board as legally possible.

Take Ryan Air chief executive Michael O’Leary, who's spoken openly of his desire to add 15 rows of ‘vertical seating’ built onto planes if aviation laws were to allow - and who, let us not forget, was only stopped introducing a charge for on-board bathrooms when his plans sparked a public outcry in 2011.

But what do you think? Take a look at the new Patentscope designs below.

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