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Double-decker plane design receives strong reaction online

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Yahoo Finance anchors discuss a rendering of double-decker plane seats that has gone viral.

Video Transcript

RACHELLE AKUFFO: As you know, airline tickets are sky high at the moment, but what are you willing to put up with to save money on those airline tickets? Well, how about a double decker seat, where if you're in the back row, you're almost essentially lying underneath the passenger in front of you.

Now airplane seat designer Alejandro Nunez Vicente thinks this chair's long design could revolutionize budget air travel. And he's received lots of interest from major airlines trying to make better use of their space, as well as some hefty investment. The 22-year-old says he's open to feedback, negative and positive, from flyers. So Seana, I'll start with you. Is there a price you'd be willing to pay to cram into this space?

SEANA SMITH: No. I don't-- no, I don't even know if I would do it for free. You can't even stand up. I already get claustrophobic if I'm in the middle seat. I don't think I would go on a flight unless it was maybe 20 minutes where I'm not flying anywhere that would only take a 20-minute flight. But no, I don't think I would even take it for free. The fact that you can't stand up, it's extremely claustrophobic. I was reading that if you're on the top, you would think that the top layer would-- the top row would actually be a little bit better. It's less than five feet between you and the ceiling.

DAVE BRIGGS: So you can't stand up at all--

SEANA SMITH: You can't stand up at all, no.

DAVE BRIGGS: --if you're like me.

SEANA SMITH: If you have to go to the bathroom, you're out of luck.

DAVE BRIGGS: I'm with you. He's open to all feedback. And I think it's going to be mostly all negative here. Even for the lower prices, I can't imagine. Given the price of jet fuel, too, that much of added passengers, I would think, would be unsustainable. But this guy, Nunez Vicente, says he's doing it for the better of humanity, that he has heard from airlines and seat designers. Yeah, hard pass. Imagine if a kid is sitting ahead-- on top of you, spilling his juice on your lap, in this case, instead of on his own. It would be an outright disaster. No way, no how, no money, no deal. You?

SEANA SMITH: I'm with you.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: But you never know, because a lot of people, when it comes to like nickel and diming over whether you can have hand luggage or this and that, there might be a market for people who are just like, look, I just want to get to the location. I'll spend the money on the location. And I don't care how I get there. For some people, maybe this will be-- maybe this will work for them. Not me.

SEANA SMITH: I don't know. I feel like you'd have to be, what, 14 years old to 20 or 22 years old. Maybe that would be the market, those seven years. I feel like the teenagers, broke college kids, that might be [INAUDIBLE]

DAVE BRIGGS: We might need a Twitter poll to see if anyone will be interested in this for next time.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: My back and knees hurt just looking at these pictures.