As airlines need to fill up all their seats, customers are getting packed in like sardines

Seems like a logical progression (or is that regression) to cut costs and maximise passenger numbers per flight. I guess the alternative is to pay more for more room or switch to another form of transport.

National Post | News

Flying coach can be a bruising experience these days.

Rory Rowland said he was rudely rebuffed after he asked the person in front of him not to recline his seat on a red-eye flight. When he later got up to use the bathroom, and the other passenger had fallen asleep, “I hip-checked his seat like you wouldn’t believe,” Rowland, a speaker and consultant, said, then feigned innocence when the enraged passenger complained to a flight attendant.

With air travellers increasingly feeling like packed sardines, flying has become a contact sport, nowhere more than over the reclined seat.

Now, it’s only getting worse, as airlines re-examine every millimetre of the cabin.

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Over the last two decades, the space between seats — hardly roomy before — has fallen about 10%, from 34 inches to somewhere between 30 and 32 inches. Today, some airlines are pushing it even further, leaving only a…

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