Coach seats have been getting tighter and tighter over the years making it increasingly more uncomfortable during flights.
The wide majority of our flights are in coach and I have to say that the loss of space hasn’t been nearly as big of a deal as those awful slimline seats many planes now use.
Considering that we usually fly as a family of three (and one of us is a toddler), we have a little bit of extra room for our things, although it really isn’t much! The one thing that we don’t worry much about at the moment, is who sits in the middle seat. Currently, Lucas takes the window, I take the aisle and Kim gets to sit between two very good-looking guys when sitting in the middle seat! See, the middle seat does have its advantages in some instances! 🙂
All kidding aside, nobody really wants to sit in the middle seat, whether it’s on a plane or even in a car.
The big problem with the middle seat during a flight is the armrests. There is a slim chance you’ll have one to yourself and you’re just about guaranteed to feel the squeeze. You’re also stuck with nowhere to lean.
I just came across an interesting idea for what might just be a much better middle seat in an article from Food & Wine.
The Side-Slip seat from Molon Labe Designs, has the middle seat placed behind the aisle and window seats. This allows everyone to have their own armrests which is a major help if you ask me.
According to Food & Wine, “One other benefit of the skewed seating arrangement is that the middle seat can be two full inches wider than the seats on either side“. Wow, more space too! Could the middle seat be the new Economy Comfort?
Food & Wine mentions that these seats might also make it easier to get on and off of the plane since the aisle seat slides over the top of the middle seat. This can make the aisle twice as large.
Find out more from Food & Wine here.