While air travel is still in a dreadful state, at least progress is being attempted in the area of design. Thompson Solutions has designed new "Cozy Suite" airline seats, which are staggered at angles to give you a) slightly more privacy from your seatmates, b) a place to lean your head and maybe get some shuteye, and c) more legroom.
Some of the claims seem overinflated; we can't see how the additional two inches of legroom mean the window guy can get to the aisle without the other two passengers having to get up, but that's what they're claiming. And while it doesn't look like the tan ones, photo above, recline--it looks more like the bottom and lumbar regions of the seat slide forward--the orange ones, photo below, clearly do.
With most airline seat innovations being made for higher-paying Business- and First-Class customers, it's a surprise that Delta will reportedly begin installing the seats in their Economy sections by 2010.