April Fools! WestJet introduces new seat concept.

WestJet has a new seat concept called SmartSeats. Photo: WestJet Airlines.

WestJet has a new seat concept called SmartSeats. Photo: WestJet Airlines.

I'm pleased to report April Fools Day is a thing in Canada. 

How do I know this? Well, Calgary's WestJet has an amusing new product it introduced today. It's called "Smart Seats."

What is it? Here's a passage from the release:

The SmartSeats concept is simple; the seats in the lounge are the seats on the aircraft. Guests ride the SmartSeats directly between the boarding lounge and the plane. 

SmartSeats could allow guests to board seven times faster than traditional boarding without any of the hassle involved with lining up and actually walking down the bridge to board the aircraft. Now guests can sit down in the lounge, get out a book or a laptop, and let WestJet do the rest.

Unlike Virgin America, which announced plans to move its headquarters to Branson, Missouri on March 31, WestJet waited until seven minutes after midnight on April 1 to send its release. So there's no question about whether this is a joke or not. But it sure would be an amusing idea.

Here's a video of how WestJet's April Fools Joke would work.