Airbus has received a patent for a new feature that could not only revolutionise aeroplane design but would completely eradicate one of flying's biggest annoyances.
It's a removable cabin. Passengers would board before the plane had even turned up, avoiding the crushing apocalyptic wave of bodies that always happens whenever a flight starts boarding.
Instead we would all board the plane in a calm and orderly fashion. Imagine those film reels of young socialites boarding airships in the 30s and you'll get the idea.
By the time everyone's sat down the plane will have arrived, the cabin would then be effortlessly lifted from the terminal and docked onto the plane.
Thanks to the new advances in composite building materials it's sensible to assume that Airbus would be able to actually build a working version of this but there's a catch.
It's an all or nothing world out there. Everyone would have to move over to this system, every plane manufacturer, every airport. Not ideal when there's supposed to be a competitive element between the companies but we can dream nevertheless.
Airbus has become something of a treasure trove when it comes to futuristic patents. Recently the company unveiled patents for a hypersonic passenger jet that's being nicknamed 'Concorde 2'. The proposed jet could cut the flying time of Paris to Tokyo from 12 hours to just 3 hours.
Hoping to combat some of the problems that hampered the original Concorde jet, Airbus' astonishing concept would use three separate propulsion systems to launch the plane to an impressive 100,00ft.
'Concorde 2' would take off like a regular passenger plane using a normal jet engine, once it reached a certain altitude a conventional rocket booster would then push the jet to 18 miles above the Earth's surface.
Once at an altitude of around 100,000ft it would use a ramjet engine to push the plane to an impressive Mach 4.5 - over twice the speed that Concorde managed when it was in service.Suggest a correction