Staggered, Sliding Airline Seats That Allow For Easier Boarding, More Room For Middle Passenger

July 10, 2018

These are two promo videos for the Side-Slip airline seating developed by Molon Labe Seating. It allows the aisle seat to be slid over the middle seat for easier boarding, and when its pulled back out provides the middle seat (which is staggered behind and slightly below the other two seats) with three extra inches of width. Me? I'm a window seat man myself, but that's just me and I've already seen at least three UFOs.

As passengers get off the aircraft they will slide the seat across to make the aisle wider. Of course flight attendants and cleaning crews can also slide the seats into the the wider aisle configuration to prepare for the next passengers to load. The seats should be in the wider-aisle configuration as passengers come onboard, they simply walk to their seat and slide the seat into place and take their seat. ...Our staggered design means that adjacent passengers now have their arms, elbows, shoulders and thighs staggered. It doesn't look like a lot but when you sit in the seat you notice it instantly, it makes a huge difference.

Hey, whatever works. Will we ever actually see these seats in use though? Beats me, although stranger things have happened. I'm talking about those UFOs I saw, by the way. Unfortunately, all the government hotlines I called didn't want to hear about them, but if you want to meet for lunch sometime I'd be more than happy to tell you about everything I saw. And if we happen to play a little footsie and one thing leads to another, well... "Did you even see any UFOs?" Nothing that didn't turn out to be a seagull, no.

Keep going for two video renderings of all the extra space to be had while I speculate if they'll charge more for the middle seat now.

Thanks to hairless, who agrees the key to comfortable airline flights are chartered jets.

  • MaxLastnamenotpowers

    18" for outside seats? Anyone know if that is up or down from the norm? I know that the average of legroom is 32" wait that's backwards lean.

  • Mark

    Does anybody see the problem with this concept?
    What happens when someone is walking down the "expanded" aisle and they suddenly come across the person who is already seated in their aisle seat?

  • GeneralDisorder


  • Ollie Williams

    Call the middle seat "American Sized".

  • Mark

    Is that fair?
    Would it be wrong for me to say the inside seat is "Asian sized"? See how easy it is to make it sound insensitive? All I had to do was replace American with another nationality and suddenly it's insensitive.

  • Ollie Williams

    Yes, it is fair, because America is the most obese country in the world and shaming seems to be the only motivation factor that works.

    Also, it was a joke.

    Also, I'm American.

  • Sure but since the FAA recently ruled they won't get involved in regulating seat size we can only look forward to more cramped spacing. This is wishful thinking/design at best.

    What really needs to happen is more dieting/exercise.

  • The_Wretched

    That dieting / exercise bit is a lie and fraud put out there by the food companies and the USDA. Trying to lose weight with exercise is next to impossible since movement is a small fraction of our daily energy budget. What we need to do is eat a whole lot less and eat food that are much more nutritious. Our system values cheap and shelf stable food like products over actual food.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    What's the point of having larger middle seats if my shoulders are going to be squished between the other two chairs? Those looks as comfortable as wooden picnic tables to sit on too.

  • Meh

    Basically took ±65 years for the airline companies to come up with this. And the sad part is they only do this because they can't put people in cans.

  • The_Wretched


    I'm sure they have plans to require horizontal packing with .5 inches of clearance. The cabin will be mixed with a tranquiler gas.

  • Bling Nye

    I'd actually be totally fine with the 5th Element mode of flying. Let me lie down, knock me out, wake me up when we get there.

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