Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so our aeroplane future is being wedged in the middle seat between two really pissed off people.
Luckily, the future may hold better options.
Designers and engineers have been busy imagining new modes of flying transport. The BBC reports the conservative views of aerospace design that have shackled us to bad meals and small TVs will soon change. Soaring gas costs have given airlines a kick in the ass when it comes to improved performance. As such, some radical new ideas—from "double-bubble" design to hybrid-electric propulsion—are coming from the best minds in the business.