Travel

Soarigami aims to bring an end to the airplane armrest war

  • The Soarigami is a patent-pending consumer travel product that ends the fight for armrest space in-flight.

    The Soarigami is a patent-pending consumer travel product that ends the fight for armrest space in-flight.  (Grace Lee Chang / Soarigami)

  • Inspired by an origami airplane, the Soarigami Airmail Edition is made of strong plastic folds up into a thin profile for easy transport. Upon execution, the device unfolds and clasps onto any armrest.

    Inspired by an origami airplane, the Soarigami Airmail Edition is made of strong plastic folds up into a thin profile for easy transport. Upon execution, the device unfolds and clasps onto any armrest.  (Grace Lee Chang / Soarigami)

  • The flex spring 'landing gear' clamps securely ground the unit to an existing armrest. The 'wings' become the new extended armrests, while the 'vertical stabilizer' acts as the barrier between two elbows.

    The flex spring 'landing gear' clamps securely ground the unit to an existing armrest. The 'wings' become the new extended armrests, while the 'vertical stabilizer' acts as the barrier between two elbows.  (Grace Lee Chang / Soarigami)

A Dallas-based company has come up with a new way to end inflight battles in the hated armrest war.

Soarigami is a clip-on, origami-style plastic divider that looks very much like a paper airplane and acts like an armrest extender -- giving passengers a bit more space.  

The device came about after Arthur Chang, the company's co-founder, got stuck in an uncomfortable position fighting over where to put his arm during a flight. According to the Soarigami's company blog, Chang sketched the design for the now patent-pending consumer travel product on a cocktail napkin.

The Soarigami is made of strong plastic that folds into a thin profile for easy transport, says Grace Lee Chang, co-creator of Soarigami. The Soarigami securely attaches onto the armrest with flexible spring-action ‘landing gear.’ The ‘wings’ become the new extended armrests and the ‘vertical stabilizer’ in the middle acts as a barrier between two elbows.

“Sora means sky in Japanese, and gami means graceful,” she says. “With the product being origami-inspired and meant to be used in flight, the name Soarigami was born, aiming to soar the skies with grace.”

The Soarigami product is still being tested, but is set to be available for purchase in early 2015 for around $30.