A new plane design makes use of the cargo hold as a windowless cabin for passengers

Who needs windows? New plane puts passengers in the hold

A new plane design makes use of the cargo hold as a windowless cabin for passengers

A drawing from Zodiac Aerospace's latest aircraft design

The latest aircraft design by Zodiac Aerospace makes use of the underused cargo area of the plane Photo: Zodiac Aerospace

The latest patent filed by Zodiac Aerospace, the French aircraft equipment manufacturer, takes aircraft design to a whole new level – a lower one, that is, with windows replaced by screens along the length of the aircraft displaying live footage captured by cameras placed on the outside of the plane, providing a view of what you might see through windows. The images could also be streamed from your own personal electronic device, including smartphones, laptops and tablets, by downloading an application. Though it sounds outlandish, it’s a concept that is gaining popularity among aviation engineers: developers of forthcoming supersonic jets have already proposed they are built with windowless cabins.

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