Today is apparently all about taking air travel from awful to marginally tolerable, the latest of which is this brilliant little armrest divider from Soarigami. Because aeroplane seats are already cramped enough without having to elbow-stab a stranger to claim your armrest turf (and urinating to mark your territory just makes a mess).
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.
The best part? Not only does it lay out you and your seatmate’s respective quarters, but ensures that you won’t have to touch that stranger/serial killer/loved one not even a bit. And even with all that, it’s still makes you seem like slightly less of a misanthrope than other aeroplane-adjusting gadgets. As co-creator Grace Chang told Condé Nast Traveller:
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 pre-orders go on sale. 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 will definitely go over will with TSA.