A viral photo of a double-decker-airplane-seat design has ignited a fierce debate about farting

The view of the safety presentation from the rear of the plane.
The seat designer Alejandro Núñez Vicente said he wanted to improve economy travel with double-decker seats (not pictured).Marielle Descalsota/Insider
  • A photo of a double-decker airplane seat has gone viral.

  • The concept was designed by Alejandro Núñez Vicente, 23, and first went viral last year.

  • The internet has a few concerns about the new iteration — the biggest one being farting.

A photo of a double-decker airplane seat has gone viral on the internet, with people divided on whether they would want to take a seat.

Pictures of the Chaise Longue Airplane Seat prototype, which Alejandro Núñez Vicente designed, first made an appearance last year.

Now, at just 23, the airplane seat designer has come up with his second iteration, showcasing it at the Aircrafts Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, per CNN.

Núñez Vicente graduated from Brunel University London in 2021 with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology, according to LinkedIn. His double-decker project started while he was still in school in November 2019.

This time around, a debate about farting is at the forefront of all concerns.

"Fun for the farter, not so much for the fartee," a top comment with more than 11,000 upvotes on a viral Reddit post read.

Meanwhile, others discussed another obvious dilemma.

"Farts aside, the bottom seat is the only one with extra leg room," another top Reddit comment with more than 6,000 likes read.

While many would-be passengers are saying "no thanks," there are still some takers to the "fartee" position.

"I'd do it. That leg room seems amazing. I knew I'd see lots of fart comments, but honestly, a fart is gonna hit you no matter what," one comment on Reddit read.

Forget flatulence fears, some also suggested that the bottom seat might feel claustrophobic once the top seat was reclined.

In response to the backlash, the award-winning airplane seat designer told CNN that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" and that "people can talk, and they always hate innovation in some ways."

"Most of the times, when they show you something new, everyone hates it at first, they're scared of change. But the more you show it, and the more you develop it, and the more they see it, the more they get used to it," he told CNN.

Insider has reached out to Alejandro Núñez Vicente for comment.

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