I really enjoy flying Delta’s new full-flat Business Elite seats on international flights and especially and domestic flights. The seats are more private than the old cradle seats and every seat has access to the aisle. And you can even get a little extra legroom if you know which seats to book.
But I have one major issue with the new seats and it can be disastrous for the Business Traveler. Let’s assume this scenario, you are a business traveler heading out on a Sunday night and have an important meeting on Monday mid-day. So a flight you book Delta’s Business Elite flight that lands early morning in some European capital. That will give you enough time to freshen up and head into your work location.
Boarding the flight is easy. You settle into seat 8 B on the left hand side of the aisle.
You notice how nice the seats are and how there is plenty of room to spread out by using the arm rest in the middle between you and your seat mate.
It’s around dinner time so you decide to order a glass of white or red wine to go with dinner. It’s tasty so you don’t chug it, you savor it. And in between sips you place it on the middle arm rest between you and your seat mate.
It’s a comfortable and convenient place for a drink. What could go wrong?
Wham! Your seatmate finishes their meal early and decides to abruptly put away their trade table. They don’t realize that putting away their tray table takes away your ability to store your drink on the center arm rest.
The drink ends up in your lap.
This is a hypothetical scenario, but one that could have easily happened on a number of flights I’ve been in the new Business Elite seats.
I’ve fallen pray to a drunkard who accidentally tipped their glass of red wine in my direction on a domestic flight on a mid-week flight during the evening happy hour. It’s not a fun place to be, in First Class with soaking wet shirt and pants thanks to a seat mate. But it happens.
Has this scenario happened to you in the new Business Elite seats or any seat for that matter?