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Future of flying: Playrooms, eating areas, even beds... at coach prices

What if you could fly like a rock star for the price of an economy ticket? It may not be as unlikely as you think. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen got a look at the potential future of flying courtesy of Airbus, which makes many of the planes you fly on today.

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In a mockup aboard an Airbus A330, project lead Jason Chua showed Rossen movable pods that can be loaded onto a plane in less than an hour. Each provides a different experience, based on what passengers signed up for:

  • Family areas: "We designed an area that’s specially designed for families so they can sit across one another. There’s space for kids to play," Chua said.
  • Restaurant pods with tables where four people can sit comfortably. There's even a bar — and all for roughly the price of a coach ticket.
  • Beds where you can nap, even during a short flight. "How often have you walked past first class and been jealous of all the people who got to lay flat?" Chua asked.
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Airbus is working closely with the FAA and its European counterpart, the EASA, to make these innovations a reality in just a few years. And they also want to make spa pods and workout pods. Possibly you could take a spin class in the sky!

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