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We’ve got a really cool list this week thanks to our friends at CNN. Five new ideas that have been proposed by Airbus that could dramatically change our collective airline experience in the future.

Last year Airbus filed a patent for windowless cockpits. In fact, the cockpit could be placed anywhere other than the nose of the plane. The idea is to make the nose longer and pointier…thus making the plane more aerodynamic. And the technology certainly exists to provide pilots with a digital, “virtual” window of the view outside.

Speaking of “virtual” windows, airlines have long toyed with the idea of eliminating windows for passengers at least. How about a “virtual” window that also operates as an interactive touch screen, allowing you to pull up information about the landmarks you’re flying over?

What about a flying donut? Sure it’s unusual looking, but does it make sense? Listen to this…the shape actually allows for more passengers than the traditional tube- shaped fuselage. Plus, it reportedly distributes cabin pressure more evenly, ultimately decreasing stress on the entire airframe.

Are you a nervous flyer? Airbus hopes a virtual reality helmet will fully immerse you in a movie or video game and provide what’s known as “sensorial isolation” reducing your stress.

Lastly, and this one’s my favorite, a terrorist trapdoor. A patent filed by Airbus back in 2002 describes a break-away floor just outside the cockpit door that could be triggered if someone is trying to break in, dropping the hijacker into a secured cell in the bottom of the plane.

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