Many people find extreme discomfort when they are assigned to sit in the middle seat during a flight. The middle seat is placed awkwardly between the window and aisle, so it becomes hard for passengers to have their own space. However, a Colorado-based startup named Molon Labe Seating has created an innovative design for airplane seating that may be able to change the way people think about the middle seat.
The new design places the seat a couple of inches back from the aisle and window seats. This staggered layout allows the two passengers who are situated on either side of the middle seat to have more elbow room during the flight. The middle person’s seat is also going to be slightly lower and a few inches wider. The new design makes the middle seat bigger and further back so that everyone has increased amounts of space during their travels.
So far the seats are going to be used for short domestic flights, but Molon Labe Seating hopes to implement the new design into longer international flights in the future. The new model has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and is going to make its way into two airlines in the spring of 2020. Although the names of the two airlines have not been released, officials have made it clear that one is going to be a North American airline.
The seats are also much lighter than the current airline fixtures, so they create lighter flights that need less fuel to power. Because of this feature, the seats may open up new ways that air travel can operate at an environmental level. The new design is not going to fix the way people experience having the middle seat entirely, but they may help create a more enjoyable experience for passengers.