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Why the middle aisle could about to become the best seat on a plane

Mirror logo Mirror 11-02-2017 Joshua Barrie

Credits: airlineseats © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: airlineseats You know sitting in the middle seat on a plane can be the worst thing ever?

There you are, trying to watch La La Land with a packet of peanuts and some upsetting Shiraz, and the two people either side of you are invading your personal space with their thighs and wriggling.

Later, you just know your fellow passengers are going to start snoring and dribbling all over your shoulder. Let's not talk about getting out of your seat to use the loo.

All this could be about to change

Credits: airlineseats © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: airlineseats Being allocated the middle seat might be about to get a whole lot better. That cramped little space could be expanding thanks to a new invention known as the Side-Slip Seat .

The technology, from Molon Labe Designs , allows a lot more room for middle seat passengers, so much so that sitting there might even be the best spot in town.

Space in the middle. Really?

Credits: airlineseats © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: airlineseats The manufacturer has adjusted the classic three-chair design so that the central seat has three inches more width (it doesn't sound much, but on a plane, it is). In addition, the middle seat is placed a little behind the seats either side, giving everyone more capability to manoeuvre, as well as armrest space. 

When flights aren't at capacity, the design also allows the outer chairs to be slid together to provide extra space.

Credits: airlineseats © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: airlineseats Now, yes, it'll be a little while before we see these seats in airplanes. In fact, we might never do. But they've passed their initial safety tests and will soon be sent to the FAA for crash testing in the coming months, apparently.

We'll see – but if airlines want to improve their customers' comfort, they'll definitely look at these new chairs. We just want to enjoy our Shiraz in peace.

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