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SmashMouth 08-22-2012 08:01 PM

Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
Get ready for a tighter squeeze on your next flight.
JetBlue, once known for promoting extra legroom, is the latest airline to shrink the size of non-premium seats to make room for more rows. It also allows the carrier to make more room for those willing to pay extra for space to stretch their legs.
“As air travel has become more uncomfortable and crowded, airlines have figured out that some passengers are willing to pay for more personal space, and the airlines are hungry for extra revenue,” explains George Hobica, editor or AirfareWatchdog.com.
The New York-based carrier is cutting leg distance from 33 inches to 32 inches in nearly a dozen rows on 53 of its planes. The extra inch adds up to two more rows of seats near the front of the cabin, where first class fliers get 38 inches of legroom.
Canadian carrier WestJet is also cramming passengers into smaller seats. That airline, which started a Toronto-to-New York route in June, will shrink most coach seats to 31 or 32 inches.
Earlier this year, Southwest announced similar legroom changes, with some seats moving about an inch closer together -- to 31 inches. Super discount flier Spirit Airlines has legroom as short as 28 inches in some rows.
Hobica told FoxNews.com that JetBlue will still offer more legroom than some carriers, but adds that knee space isn’t the only comfort airlines are doing away with.
“Seats are not just moving closer together; they're also becoming thinner as airlines attempt to reduce the weight of their planes to save on fuel costs.”
As airlines are shrinking seats, they’re also cutting down on trips. Scheduled flights in North America are at their lowest levels in a decade, according to the aviation intelligence company OAG. OAG estimates there will be 21,401 fewer flights this month than last August.
Fewer flights, higher fares and smaller seats mean bad news for fliers, according to Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org.
“Passengers can expect less seats, tighter legroom, more hidden fees and less amenities included in their base fare and an overall horrible air travel experience,” Hanni tells FoxNews.com. “People see air travel as the 7th circle of hell, and no longer are people flying when they can avoid it.”


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QBREES9 08-22-2012 11:07 PM

Re: Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
Why Travel. It's not fun. F the dam Airlines.

OldMaid 08-24-2012 12:18 AM

Re: Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
It is so wrong. What is happening to this American businesses.
I remember my first plane ride when I was in the 3rd grade. National Airlines in about 1974.
You got dressed up in Sunday clothes. It is nice. People were smoking and drinking. People were nice.
The food was good.
I remember taking a plane in the mid 1980's to mid 1990's. Good snack food. Causal dress. No smoking. So-so people.

Now, no snack. No smoking. Peopole dressed like their the cleaning the house clothes.
Tight seats and , even though I have not taken a plane ride in years, the person in front of me always reclines that chair back. I never recline. With seats being so close, making setas smaller, more rows of seats and those people reclining their seats, gosh.

Crusader 08-24-2012 06:43 AM

Re: Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
No your butt makes your butt look big...

jk

Flying is getting increasingly worse, and a lot cheaper. Those two things have everything to do with each other.

mutineer10 08-24-2012 08:25 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by OldMaid (Post 430807)
Tight seats and , even though I have not taken a plane ride in years, the person in front of me always reclines that chair back. I never recline. With seats being so close, making seats smaller, more rows of seats and those people reclining their seats, gosh.

I never recline either, because so many inconsiderate jerk-offs have done so to me.

Every time we fly, I find myself asking my wife "can you believe we're PAYING them to treat us this way???" The whole miserable flying experience offends my common sense.

SmashMouth 08-24-2012 08:56 AM

Re: Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
And it's getting worse... I fly very frequently for my job. Don't even get me started on those many superfluous bag fees and other fees. At almost 6'3". I am more keenly aware than most of the constraints of leg room in coach.

mutineer10 08-24-2012 12:15 PM

Re: Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
Here's a few more satisfied customers:

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SmashMouth 08-24-2012 12:35 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mutineer10 (Post 430926)

OK... but in this case, they had a "Buddy Pass", which is lower still than standby. They had to think this might happen, right? :rolleyes:

mutineer10 08-24-2012 07:58 PM

Re: Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom
 
I didn't know what a "buddy pass" was until I read that article. It's beyond me who would want one. If I could only afford that, I simply wouldn't fly ... especially with a young child.


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