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Can the middle seat on an airplane be improved?

Like many people, you may not enjoy sitting in the middle seat when you fly out of New York. However, a new seating design could make this seat more comfortable.

You may not give much thought to the design of airplane seats and how this adds to or takes away from your comfort on the flight. Wired magazine says that a Colorado company focusing on aircraft designs has found a way that the middle seat could be more comfortable for travelers. While a new design would appeal to many people, one aviation analyst has said that some airlines may not be willing to incorporate it into their aircraft. This is because the revamped design would add weight to the aircraft, as well as decrease the amount of space available, and not all airlines may want to lose space on their planes.

The new design for middle seats involves staggered placement. While the design keeps the aisle and window seats in their current position, it sets the middle seat just behind them. This allows the chair to have its own armrests. These armrests would also sit a bit further back, allowing the middle passenger armrest space even if the other passengers used them as well. The new design also increases the width of the middle seat by three inches.  

While travelers may relish the idea of more legroom, this is not a feature of the new design. Instead, passengers would have a larger in-flight entertainment system. On most aircraft, the screen on the seat backs is 15 inches. A wider middle seat allows the screen to grow to 18 inches.

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