The FAA just approved a new seat design for planes and I could be wrong, but it looks like it could almost make the middle seat…could it actually be….desirable?
Molon Labe Seating has been working on its landmark airplane seat, called the S1, for about 5 years.
The S1 is a “staggered seat” system wherein the middle seats of the plane are set a little lower and a bit further back than the window and aisle seats. This allows the middle seats to be 3″ wider than the other two seats in the row (21″ instead of 18″) AND gives the middle seats their own dedicated portion of the armrests.
Here are the features, as posted on Molon Labe Seating’s website:
- Wider middle seat
- More lateral space
- Low maintenance
- Staggered armrest
- Smartphone/tablet holder
- USB for every passenger
- Latchless table
The seats are currently intended for short- and medium-haul flights, however, the company is in the midst of developing a version that will be more appropriate for long-haul flights.
One U.S.-based airline (they haven’t said who) has ordered the new seating and expects to install it on 50 of their planes by the end of 2020.
SO…middle seats that are wider and have their own dedicated armrests? You just KNOW that passengers are going to pay for that. Middle seats were one of the few things you didn’t have to pay for with “basic economy” tickets. I guess that’ll go the way of the dodo now, huh? I guess time will tell.
But hey, the good news is that the FAA still hasn’t approved these seats. Let’s all give a silent “thank-you, FAA,” for that!
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