With major carriers like American Airlines and British Airways shrinking the size of legroom on flights, there has never been less space afforded to passengers in economy.
Plane manufacturers are finding new ways to squeeze more people on board but personal space is suffering as a result.
Thankfully there is a little known travel hack that can win you back a little bit of extra room.
A secret button sits just underneath the armrest in aisle seats on planes.
Most passengers are led to believe the armrest can’t be placed up in the aisle, but just next to the hinge you’ll find the key to do it.
If you slide your hand under the frame and press down on the button, you can wedge the armrest free.
The secret setting helps cabin crew accommodate for disabled passengers and allows for easier movement in the case of an emergency.
Though it’s not likely to radically increase the comfort of your budget flight, the button can make a difference.
It makes it easier to climb in and out of your seat while also removing a barrier to stowing your luggage in the overhead locker.
You’re also afforded more room for your torso and it frees up some extra space for your legs.
Just be careful to keep out of the way of the service trolley, which is much more likely to hit you in the elbow without the armrest barrier for protection.
Most planes should have the function and passengers have recently discovered them on British Airways flights.
Freeing up some room isn’t the only way to enhance your economy class experience.
He said: “There is less noise when you are sitting forward on the wings. On most planes the engines are located under the wings.
“Sitting in front of the wing is like being behind a speaker. All of the sounds of the engine and disturbed air are projected away from you.
“For a more peaceful ride, find a seat in the front of the cabin.”