A Genius Way to Stop Airplane Armrest Battles for Good

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Today is apparently all about taking air travel from awful to marginally tolerable, the latest of which comes is this brilliant little armrest divider from Soarigami. Because airplane seats are already cramped enough without having to elbow-stab a stranger to claim your turf (and urinating to mark your territory just makes a mess).

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Unlike previous armrest adjustments that came before it, Soarigami doesn't require changing the very furniture around you for the sake of your neuroses. Rater, it's an adjustable, foldable board that seems vaguely akin to Apple's proprietary iPad covers.

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The best part? Not only does it lay out you and your seatmate's respective quarters, but it ensures that you won't have to touch that stranger/serial killer/loved one not even a bit. And on top of all that, it still manages to make you seem like slightly less of a psychopath than other airplane-adjusting gadgets out there. As co-creator Grace Chang told Condé Nast Traveler:

Unlike products like the Knee Defender, Soarigami fosters a sharing environment that makes the skies just a bit friendlier.

Unfortunately, the Soaragami won't be available for preorder until sometime in early 2015, but you can sign up here to be one of the first to know when it's time to claim one of your very own. Still, at least for now, you'll have to make do with a DIY version. We're sure erecting walls of cardboard and duct tape around your seat won't bother TSA one bit.

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[Soarigami via Consumerist]

DISCUSSION

I'm guessing 95% of these disputes happen in seating rows that feature blocks of three seats, in which case the solution is simple and should be universally understood: Aisle gets the aisle arm rest. Window gets the window arm rest. Middle gets the middle two. That's your special little reward for having to deal with close stranger proximity to your left AND right. You aisle and window seat recluses should BE so lucky.