But when all the windows and aisles are taken, there's no choice but to grin and bear the cramped conditions.
Now, an interior airplane cabin design recently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may take some of the misery out of the dreaded middle seat-- and speed up the boarding process for all passengers.
Wider Middle Seats
The new design makes the middle seat 3" wide than the window or aisle seats. It will also sit a little lower and further back, thus reducing the likelihood of shoulder-to-shoulder contact between passengers seated in the same row. Plus, there are staggered armrests made to share. The new design also increases the width of the aisle from the usual 20 inches to 42. The aisle seat can be slid across the middle seat in order to make the aisle wider for boarding, before being readjusted prior to takeoff.
Airlines are interested and there is a possibility of some planes having the new design by the end of 2017.
I can't wait to hear more. Those international coach seats are awfully crowded. Now, let's get them to give us more leg room.