The secret button on your plane seat

Airlines are trying to put the squeeze on economy class and each new seat configuration comes closer to eliminating comfort altogether.

And although you pay a low price for those economy seats, almost every time you sit in one for more than an hour you wish you paid a little extra for premium economy, or booked your seat in the aisle or one of the other hallowed roomier spots for your posterior.

But did you know that, with the push of a button, you could give yourself a little more breathing space? It’s true!

There’s a secret button – well actually, it’s in ‘plane’ sight on your seat that can make it feel like a sofa.

Next time you’re on a plane, check underneath your armrest for a little button near the hinge towards the back of the seat. It’s almost always in the aisle seat, but some newer three-seat configurations will have it on the middle-seat armrest too – ending the war of middle-seat armrest rights!

Now, press this magic button and lift your armrest up so it’s level with the back of your seat. Et voila! A roomier seat for you!

secret button on plane seat

It’s only a little bit of space but it does make your seat more comfy, unless of course, you want to lean on your armrest.

Apart from giving you a little more room, this little wonder actually has a function. It’s a safety measure to allow people to quickly escape from a plane in case of emergencies.

And even if you don’t use it to gain a bit more space, it’s darn handy when you’re trying to alight the plane.

So, locate that marvellous little button and enjoy your extra room. You’re welcome!

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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