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Income-Based Airplane Seating

The Air Gini Seating Plan Reflects Income Distribution in the US

— March 28, 2016 — Social Good
'Air Gini' is a unique project that uses the idea of airplane seating to highlight the issue of income inequality in the US. While many people know that unequal wealth distribution is a pressing issue, this project provides a visual way to conceptualize the problem.

Air Gini is an income-based airplane seating plan designed by Kieran Healy. The plan reflects the seating chart of an Airbus A330-300, with space allotted to each class' share of income earned. These figures were calculated by taking the proportion of passengers on a regular plane and then calculating the exact income of each group. Interestingly, 3.5 percent of the plane's population receives 35 percent of the space, while 80 percent of the passengers are allotted just 50 percent of the space.

Air travel is already somewhat divided based on income, making the project a unique way to visualize the issue of income inequality in America.
Trend Themes
1. Income-based Seating - Bringing the concept of income-based seating to other industries such as theaters, concert halls or even sports stadiums can help shed light on income inequality and provide more accessible options for all customers.
2. Data Visualization - Incorporating data visualization into various industries, such as transportation or hospitality, can offer innovative ways to communicate complex information and provide better transparency for customers.
3. Social Justice Innovation - Creating innovative solutions to promote social justice can be explored across a variety of industries, such as healthcare or education, and can benefit society as a whole.
Industry Implications
1. Airline Industry - Airline companies can create different seating options based on income to target different customer groups and potentially increase revenue, while also promoting social responsibility and transparency.
2. Hospitality Industry - Hotels and resorts can explore income-based options, such as room rates or amenities, to cater to a wider range of customers and create more inclusive and diverse environments.
3. Entertainment Industry - Sports teams and event organizers can explore affordable ticket pricing options for low-income individuals and families, creating a more inclusive environment and potentially increasing revenue through increased attendance.
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