Erika Owen
November 04, 2016

We've all been there, attempting to claim ownership of that most valuable of airplane real estate: the armrest.

I mean, if you're sitting in the middle seat, it's really only fair to get the armrest, right? The passengers on either side of you have a window to lean on or extra room to stretch in the aisle.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate middle seat situation without an armrest to rely on, take a cue from one flier's playbook

He shared a few thoughts regarding his fellow passenger, who he claims acted like “he owned the armrest.” Now, his strategy is bold—but incredibly effective. Check it out above and make sure to stick around until the end—his unsuspecting seatmate's reaction is priceless.

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