A Paris design company won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept, which would get rid of windows entirely in favor, well, no windows. A plane without windows sounds crazy, right? Calling the window seat before my brother was one of the great pleasures of flying I had when I was a kid. But instead of windows, the firm, Technicon Design, has instead designed an interior that is essentially covered in hi-res screens, which can project images from outside the plane that are being captured by camera’s mounted outside the plane. So it’ll look like you’re seeing a 360 view of what’s outside–for the most part sky and clouds–when in fact you’re actually trapped in a windowless tin can hurtling through the air at 500 miles per hour.
The whole point of windows is to provide the feeling of freedom and space, especially key when enclosed in as small a space as a passenger jet. As you’ll see in a demonstration video below, the screens don’t just display what’s on the outside–they’re capable of projecting any scenery imaginable. So when you’re caught in turbulence in the middle of a lightning storm, the imagery of a sunset on the horizon is supposed to relax you. No thanks. What happened to pulling down the shade and digging your nails into your neighbors’ wrist? At least if the plane does go down the screens can trick you into thinking everything’s going to be just fine. Not having windows on a plane does have its benefits, like reducing its weight.