The constant attempt to ignore the person next to you on the airplane is about to get a little bit easier, thanks to Delta’s plans to install these Thompson Solutions Cozy Suite seats on all of its Boeing 777 and 767 airplanes by 2010.
Even more exciting is the impending merger between Delta and Northwest and the hopes that a bunch of Northwest planes will get these seats too. My family’s in Minneapolis and, although I’ve wished death upon Northwest ever since I can remember, it’d be nice to be able to sit in a seat without having my knees gouged into the seat in front of me (I’m 6′ 4″ and Northwest’s planes are built solely for profit, not comfort) and then super-gouged when the moron in said seat aggressively forces his chair into the reclining position, despite my repeated cries of pain.
These new seats will offer a whopping 31-inches of legroom and each seat “has a fixed backshell, which does not recline into the person behind.” Genius. Pure genius. Passengers also get their own sidewall to droll on as they fall asleep.