Plane seats are small and sometimes getting in and out of them can be a bit of a challenge. If you’re sitting in the meddler window seat, putting up the armrests can make your entrance and exit go a bit smoother. If you’re sitting in the aisle you might think that you’re stuck having to climb over that aisle armrest; however, that one can actually be lifted as well.
The key to lifting your aisle armrest is to know how the armrest works.
With all the other armrests on the plane, you can just push on the bottom to lift them and pull them down to lower them. The aisle armrest is locked in place, so you need to find the lock to lift it.
The good news is the lock is always in the same place. When you’re seated, reach to the back of the armrest. On the underside of the armrest, you’ll feel a level close to your seat back. Pull that, and the armrest will be unlocked for raising.
The trick can be great for situations where you need to help an elderly or injured travel companion get in and out of the seat, or those times when the person in front of you is reclined, leaving you a microscopic amount of room between the armrest and the back of their seat to squeeze through on your way to the bathroom.
Pro move: The trick also works in the window seat on most planes. So if you’re trying to lean against the window for a nap you can lift the armrest and give yourself an extra few inches of space.
One important thing to note: that armrest needs to be lowered during takeoff and landing, so if you do raise it, make sure you put it back down again.