Important features in airport seating: The ability to withstand knife attacks, according to the British (of course) airport-seating designer Rodney Kinsman. Kinsman's company OMK tests out its airport seating in courts and prisons ("If they'll survive that, they'll survive anything," he says), and he even brandished a knife and stabbed his seat at a recent airport-design expo in order to prove his designs' ability to withstand his homeland's preferred form of expressing its rage; the scar that resulted from his attack was "barely visible" post-attack, thanks to the strength of his firm's preferred polymers. One would think that this particular feature would be somewhat beside the point in security-happy Stateside airports — but then again, with holiday fares up 16% from last year over here and conditions at some airports seeming like experiences that one was actually paid 50 cents to endure as a scientific test, it's pretty obvious how someone could be inspired to get stabby with a spork.
Monday, May 17th, 2010
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