A new seat design aimed at making air travel for obese passengers and small children has taken out an innovation award. 

The self proclaimed ‘Cabin Oscars’ were held in Germany and gave an award to SII Deutschland for a seat design that used wasted space to create seats that could be occupied by overweight passengers or adapted for small children. 

The seat would be situated at the rear of the aircraft cabin and would be one and a half times the width of a normal seat. 

Obese passengers too large to fit into increasingly small economy class seats have been a controversial issue for airlines in recent years.

Many solutions have been proposed, including forcing the passengers to pay for two seats or charging passengers by weight, which has been enforced by some airlines. Airlines go to great lengths to reduce weight on their flights as this increases fuel use – typically the carriers’ greatest expense.