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Windowless Airplanes

windowless airplane

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • concept: a model or design based on an early idea
  • flexible: bendable; not rigid
  • OLED: organic light-emitting diode
  • fuselage: the body of an aircraft where the passengers and crew are situated
  • aerodynamic: a long, slender shape that reduces drag and allows a vehicle or creature to fly efficiently
  • the sky is the limit: the options are endless
  • panoramic: with a wide view
  • vista: pleasant view


Windowless Airplanes

What will airplanes in the future? Some manufacturers believe that, in less than ten years, will be windowless. Airplane windows, small portholes, weigh a lot. If you’ve ever been caught with overweight luggage, you know that a heavier aircraft costs more in fuel. Early concepts of windowless planes feature flexible OLED displays that the fuselage in place of the windows. This would reduce the weight of planes and make them slightly more aerodynamic. As for what will be featured on the screens, designer, Gareth Davies, says that “the sky is the limit”. Passengers may get a panoramic view of surrounding vistas projected from cameras outside the plane, or they might be stuck watching hours of advertising.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why would windowless airplanes be less expensive to fly?
  2. What might take the place of airplane windows in future airplanes?
  3. What does the report say about the shape of these future planes?

Discussion Questions: Do you think windowless planes are the planes of the future? Would you pay less for a flight in exchange for a continuous wall of advertising?

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