Windows Could Be Disappearing From Planes In The Next Few Years

Windowless commercial planes could soon be a reality, according the the president of a major airline.

Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines, recently told the BBC that he envisions a future where passenger planes don’t actually have windows. The reason? Planes without windows are lighter, which means that the aircrafts could fly faster and higher without burning as much fuel.

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Instead, passengers may have to get used to the idea of simulated windows. These window-shaped screens would display a video feed from the outside of the plane via a lag-less fiber-optic camera system.

Despite sounding like something from science fiction, virtual windows are already a reality on some Emirates flights. Last year, the airline debuted a first class cabin where every seat was a window seat. The seats along the middle of the plane had fake visual windows built into the walls the suites.

We can’t say we’re excited for a window-less future, but experts are saying these types of planes could be debuted as soon as within the next 10 years.