Middle Seats of Flights Are Getting Better

  • Middle Seats of Flights Are Getting Better

Middle Seats of Flights Are Getting Better

Or is it sitting in the middle seat like you're trying to avoid catching a virus?

Being awkwardly sandwiched in between two people while fighting for elbow room is the bane of most passengers. Now a new design would possibly actually make individuals need the middle seat - or at least make the flying experience less depressing.

According to CNN, the new seating design features three economy seats arranged in a staggered layout as opposed to the conventional straight spread. In so doing, not only is the elbow room problem solved, it also means the middle seat can be made three-to-five inches wider.

The plan could stop fights over elbow space since the armrests are at different heights. The armrests are no longer built at a uniform height.

At the moment, these seats are only intended for domestic flights flying short hours, although the company is working on a version for longer flights with more padding and larger TV screens.

The seats were certified by the Federal Aviation Administration last month, and are being manufactured by Primus Aerospace in Colorado.

Passengers won't see the seats on planes until next year, however, and only if they fly with the yet-to-be-announced airlines that intend to install the S1 in 50 of their planes, Fast Company reported.

"When [an airline executive] sits down, it takes a couple of seconds, especially when they sit next to a big fella", he said of showing the S1 design within the industry.

It's not just passengers who will be happier with the new arrangement, Scott said. Airlines should also enjoy the fact the S1 seating is lighter, meaning less fuel will be required on any aircraft using them.

"For an airline, it's kind of a no-brainer", he said. It doesn't recline, and the middle seat, being lower to the ground, might not be ideal for taller fliers. And that's not to mention the food, the chatty passengers, the inefficient boarding and de-boarding processes. and the list goes on.