Why You May Want to Choose a Middle Seat on Your Next Flight

Jul 13, 2015

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For the first time you might actually prefer the middle seat. Frontier Airlines has decided to help minimize the sting of landing a middle seat by installing new 19-inch-wide seats in the middle of each row — the widest economy seats of any US airline. Although not the most luxurious of options, these seats will be a full inch wider than the seats next to the window and the aisle.

Frontier’s planning to install wider middle seats, giving unfortunate passengers a bit more room to stretch out. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The drawbacks? These seats are less padded and do not recline. Instead, they come in an already reclined position.

Frontier is also squeezing more seats into each plane. Its Airbus A320s and A319s will gain another 12 seats, bringing the total number of seats on the A320 to 180. JetBlue, by comparison, currently has just 150 seats on its A320, though it plans to install a total of 165 seats on this type beginning in 2016.

Though it won’t win any awards for in-flight amenities, Frontier is always a great option for booking cheap and convenient getaways, as the airline usually offers fare sales each week starting as low as $19 each way.

What are your thoughts on these roomier middle seats? Would you choose over an aisle or window for the extra width? 

Hat Tip: Road Warrior

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