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Video: Man Takes Back Middle Seat Armrest From Fellow Passenger
What kind of monster doesn't pity the human who gets stuck with the middle seat on a flight? The comfort level is low even under the best circumstances, but it's zero if you don't get the armrest. The armrest is all the middle-seater has until he or she is released from this cramped, expensive airplane prison.
Until science can figure out how to make bigger, share-able armrests—or just eliminate the middle seat altogether!—please read our etiquette guide. In short, the middle-seater should get both armrests. This should be printed in everyone's in-flight magazine to help prevent tense moments like the one captured above.
The middle-seater in the video tells his audience, "The passenger next to me kept hogging the arm rest and did not allow me to place my arm on it." He then declares that he's going to bump him off, a bold move that generated one of the most hopeless and angry stares in history. [via Mashable]