Well, if Airbus patents it, at least they might block Boeing from using the patent.
This is lousy for many reasons, but a couple people have not mentioned:
- No under-seat storage in front of you (so forget that "handbag" in addition to your carryon)
- Your head is where the carryon bins should be, so forget about carryons at all.
You might get carryon bins if you're on a plane with a LOT of headroom, but that's going to make it quite claustrophobic (even moreso than planes current are!). I would like to think that this idea will never fly, but I won't put anything past the airlines, especially the low cost carriers.