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Bringing Romance to Coach?

Flying coach is a lot like being in the Apollo 13 crew capsule—tight, stressful—but without Tom Hanks.

It could get worse if those smaller airplane seats I blogged about this fall actually come to market.

Air New Zealand is going in a different direction.

Skycouch turns a row of three seats in coach into a bed.
Skycouch turns a row of three seats in coach into a bed.

On some long haul flights to the U.S., the carrier is introducing the Skycouch, which turns a row of three seats in coach into a bed.

Some dub it "Cuddle Class", and it debuted earlier this year.

"Air New Zealand is putting the magic and romance back into flying," the press release exclaims. The Skycouch has footrests that raise up to the level of the seats so you can lie down across all three. It's wide enough to accommodate two.

I remember lying down across all three seats back in the days of regulation when there actually were empty seats in coach.

The Skycouch only works if all three seats are not taken up, and if the other person in your row is someone you want to sleep with. Air New Zealand will let couples purchase the third seat in a Skycouch row for half price to prevent a third wheel. There is one rule, however. "Just keep your clothes on!" The Skycouch is not for the, ahem, Mile High Club.

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