When you’re on a plane, if you’re the kind of person who likes to get up to stretch your legs often, then maybe you’re keen on the aisle seat. But if you prefer a view and a wall to lean on, then the window seat is your powerhouse. You know what spot is no one’s powerhouse? The dreaded middle. It’s like being jammed in the most uncomfortable, confining sandwich ever. From the middle seat, a one-hour flight can feel like you’re on a cross-country excursion. But if all goes right, that won’t be the case for much longer. Because someone is redesigning the middle seat.


Thompson Aero Seating‘s design is called the Cozy Suite, and the idea is to stagger each row. By giving each row a sort of stairstep design, you get more space, and you don’t have to worry about accidentally falling on your neighbor’s shoulder when you doze off. With the Cozy Suite, reclining your chair moves your seat forward, so you can lounge without cramping the person behind you. You’ll also get your own arm rest space and an HD screen right in front of your face, courtesy of the seat in front of you.

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We have our fingers crossed that soon sitting in coach won’t feel like sitting in a sardine can.

What other features would you like to see in new airplane seats? Let us know in the comments!

(h/t Thrillist)