You know I have had my gripes in the past about the middle seat – as I am a “middle seat” person by default.  (Seems I always get that darn seat!)   So imagine my surprise and delight when I learned that a newer and better middle seat design is about to be unveiled in Hamburg at the Aircraft Interiors Expo!

Wow – they actually have an expo on Aircraft Interiors.  How cool is that? Great minds getting together to make us more comfy on our flights.  Check out the website – it’s interesting.

So … they call the new middle seat the Stagger Seat – which made me laugh quite a bit.  It just conjures up all sorts of images –

When you have been flying so long your legs go to sleep and you stagger to the loo.

Or when you have had too many of those teeny little bottles and you stagger to the loo.
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Or you wake up in the night and its dark and – yes you got it – you stagger to the loo.

However it is a good idea and the concept is that the middle seat is set back slightly so that the aisle seat can slide over it to make boarding easier – yay for that.  This new middle seat is also THREE INCHES WIDER than the other seats.  OMG – can you believe that fellow Middle Seaters?  You get the space and that will make those aisle and window seat hoggers green with envy.  Whoever thought of this plan is a genius.
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Imagine seat selection – suddenly you look at the seat map and all the middle seats are gone – booked up – occupied.  This will be an historical event my friends.  This is something that will have never happened before.

Oh and wait – that’s not all people!  The middle seaters get a BIGGER SCREEN.  This just gets better and better.  Can it be true?

I can’t wait for my next boarding pass showing seat number 35B.  I will be laughing!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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