This paper reports the results of an investigation into changes in body shape anthropometry over the past several decades and discusses the impact of those changes on seating in transport, especially airliners. Changes in some body shape dimensions were confirmed in a sample of students at TU Delft; several of the changes, e.g. hip breadth, seated, are relevant to the ongoing design of seating. No change in buttock knee length was observed. The fit between current user anthropometry and current airline seat design, especially regarding seat width, was investigated. A comparison of the average current seat breadth with global anthropometric data suggests that accommodation may be problematic, with less than optimal width for passengers’ shoulder and elbow widths.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Airline seating
- Secular trends in anthropometry
- Transportation seating