By Erika Owen
April 08, 2016
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There's a lot to desire when it comes to flying—and, really, that's to be expected when you're confined to a refrigerator-sized box for hours on end. Given all of the airplane seat design patents that pop up (staggered, sliding, bendable, stacked), it's obvious that the current run-of-the-mill experience isn't cutting it for most flyers. But what if there was a design element so great that it completely took our minds off of the cramped seat space?

Thales Group—an air technology manufacturer—has released a design that has the world atwitter: 21.3-inch screens on the back of airplane seats. For the full effect, you've got to see it (above). The one thing that has us a little less excited is the screen's vertical composition (what about those wide-screen movies?), but hey, you can't always get everything you want. The idea of not having to dig out our own devices to take advantage of the slow Wi-Fi to pass the time is magic to our ears.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.