An airline seat that shifts to make boarding easier sounds like a crazy idea, but don’t be surprised to find it on your next flight.
The “side-slip seat” is a concept by Malon Labe Designs, a Denver-based airline interior company that introduced the idea to airlines and manufacturers last week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. The president of the company said the seat design was a big hit.
Here’s how it works: Imagine a row of three seats on a plane. The seat along the aisle will slide up and over the middle seat to widen the aisle and speed up the loading of passengers. Once the passengers are ready to sit down, the aisle seat can slide and lock back into place.