"I'm king of the world!" or whatever

The problem with modern planes is not that they're too crowded, too noisy, or too depressing. No, the problem with modern planes is that they just aren't see-through enough. Obviously.

That's according to Windspeed Technologies, an aerospace engineering company, which has designed a glass SkyDeck area that would sit on top of a jet  and offer a 360-degree view of the world above the clouds.

The view would almost certainly be more engaging than any in-flight movie offered.

Glass viewing deck on planes

The SkyDeck is likely to be something fitted to luxury private jets, but could be deployed as a pay-per-view experience on commercial passenger airliners. People will probably have sex inside it.

Seats within the viewing area can be rotated in any direction, and the glass would have an anti-condensation film to prevent it fogging up, and a coating of UV-production to prevent viewers getting burnt to a crisp inside. It's shape is designed to minimise drag. 

"Current in-flight entertainment offerings have not changed much over the decades," says the company's website. "We wanted to come up with a product that would provide a higher level of entertainment to reduce the boredom of long flights."

The general goal of this news article was to scoff at the idea, but it could actually be pretty cool, especially while flying at night far above any light pollution. Hopefully, if the SkyDeck becomes a commercial reality, prices will not prove too prohibitive to the average consumer.