Unless you'll be stuck on your flight for twelve hours, most of us are happy to save a few quid on a no-frills budget airline. To help further cut costs, UK-based Monarch is introducing new seats that are not only lacking the ability to recline, they also feature a built-in tablet holder instead of a touch-screen entertainment centre. Is anyone really going to miss them?
The displays used on those built-in seat-back touchscreens downright suck, especially compared to the high-resolution displays on the iPad and other tablets most people already bring with them. And they still cost airlines hundreds of pounds to install, per seat. Besides, many airlines are moving towards Wi-Fi based in-flight entertainment systems where a downloadable app connects you to free movies and TV shows, and even offer rentable tablets for passengers who didn't bring their own.
As for the lack of reclining seats, it's hard to imagine passengers missing them too much—at least on short haul flights. They might make it slightly more annoying to try and sleep on a plane, but at the same time there's nothing quite as terrible as having the seat in front of you come crashing back into your lap as soon as the seatbelt light goes off. [Monarch via Core77]