No matter what perks airlines take away from you, the one thing you can still count on is a genuine peek at the clouds at 35,000 feet. That might go away, too, one day, replaced with a virtual reality version of the iconic airplane window.
Spike Aerospace, a Boston engineering firm that's developing a small supersonic jet, recently caused a stir when it announced its plane wouldn't have any windows in the passenger cabin. Instead, thin screens installed on the walls of the aircraft would display live views captured by cameras mounted outside.
The screens can show one large panorama, or each individual panel could show a separate image, said Vik Kachoria, one of the founders of Spike Aerospace. Besides showing real-time surroundings, the screens could display anything the passengers choose, such as a movie, a work presentation or a beautiful sunset.