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Airlines Are Fitting More Passengers on Planes for Less Money, But They Are Grumbling

Excerpt from New York Times

Dec 23, 2013 10:00 am

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At what point does a flyers desire for cheap seats end and discomfort begin? Leave it to Spirit and Allegiant to help us find out.

— Jason Clampet

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Over the last two decades, the space between seats — hardly roomy before — has fallen about 10 percent, from 34 inches to somewhere between 30 and 32 inches. Today, some airlines are pushing it even further, leaving only a knee-crunching 28 inches.

To gain a little more space, airlines are turning to a new generation of seats that use lighter materials and less padding, moving the magazine pocket above the tray table and even reducing or eliminating the recline in seats. Some are even reducing the number of galleys and bathrooms.

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