The dreaded middle seat may become the coveted seat on planes

"In a nutshell I want flying to suck less,” said Hank Scott founder and CEO Molon Labe Seating

Being stuck in the plane's cramped middle seats can be a real pain in the behind - often figuratively and literally - but a company in Colorado is aiming to change that.

Being awkwardly sandwiched in between two people while fighting for elbow room is the bane of most passengers.

Molon Labe Seating's new S1 "Space Seat" design, which was approved by the FAA in June, arranges its rows of economy airline seating so that the middle seat is slightly staggered behind, and below, the window seat and aisle seat on either side. But the manufacturer has tried to solve that often uncomfortable arrangement by moving the middle seat back several inches and making it 3 to 5 inches wider than the standard 18-inch seat, the story said.

Hank Scott, the company's founder and CEO, told CNN, "That little bit of stagger means that every single person gets to spread out a little more".

Passengers won't have to fight over elbow space either. The armrests are no longer built at a uniform height. The aisle and window seat passengers will have space to rest their hands at the front end of the armrest while the middle seat passenger will have the spacious lower end at a lower height.

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The seats were certified by the Federal Aviation Administration last month, and are being manufactured by Primus Aerospace in Colorado.

So when can passengers test out these seats for themselves? Though he could not disclose which airlines would feature the seats, he said one of them is based in North America.

For now, the S1 design is limited to short, domestic flights due to the padding used being insufficient for long haul. Airlines should also enjoy the fact the S1 seating is lighter, meaning less fuel will be required on any aircraft using them. It doesn't recline, and the middle seat, being lower to the ground, might not be ideal for taller fliers.

Scott also said he's already received inquiries about the side-slip from a "very large" airline.

"It's still going to suck", Scott said.

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