If there’s one thing passengers seem to agree on unanimously, it’s a distaste for the middle seat on a plane.
Between the lack of legroom and increasingly budget flights, economy can be stuffy enough without being squished between two other travellers.
But if you think being stuck between two is bad, try doubling it.
Airbus has revealed the design for its new A380plus mega-jumbo jet at an air show in Paris.
Flights are about to become more uncomfortable if you’re stuck in this middle seat
The enormous new plane will squeeze 80 extra passengers on board, in what it calls an “optimised cabin layout”.
Back in economy there will be an additional 23 seats, all made possible by increasing seats per row.
The new 11 seat per row layout features three consecutive seats on either side and a whopping five in the middle.
Any passenger unlucky enough to be stuck in the very middle will have to make it past two passengers on either side just to get to the freedom of an aisle.
Flights will soon see 11 seats per row so the very middle seat has two passengers on either side
But it’s not all bad news for the new mega planes, which will be four per cent more efficient on fuel, driving down the cost of ticket taxes.
They’re also built with more aerodynamic features including larger winglets spanning 4.7m from top to bottom, reducing drag.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer for Customers, John Leahy, said: “The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics, and improved operational performance at the same time.
“It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers.
Airbus unveiled its new A380plus plane at an air show in Paris
The A380 is well proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience
“The A380 is well proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience.”
Airbus A380plus jets will enter service in 2018.
In the meantime if you can manage to secure an aisle seat, there is one way to afford yourself a little extra room.
A secret button on the back of the armrest allows you to push it up, giving you more elbow and leg space while making it easier to get in and out of your seat.