Think plane seats are uncomfortable now? Just you wait …

If you think your plane seats are much tighter on your domestic flights than they used to be, you’re right. But if Airbus and Boeing have their way, there is much worse to come.

After Boeing earlier this week revealed its 200-seat arrangements for a model of the widely used […]


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  1. Obviously nobody has mentioned to the accountants that Western butts have spread in the last decade & continue to widen - hence a significant number of potential flyers may not be able to physically fit into the new accountant-approved size seats.

    by zut alors on Jul 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

  2. Why don’t they just hang us upside down from hooks - they could collect the money that falls from our pockets too?

    That leg room is bad enough now - speaking from 188cms of experience.

    by klewso on Jul 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  3. Looks like overseas jaunts are off the agenda. The domestic holiday market will thank them.

    by Yclept on Jul 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  4. From the look of it it’s not only space it’s also weight; all those heavy seats gone to save on fuel being used.
    Maybe they can have the passengers pedalling (like a bicycle) and put some propellers at the back to help the plane to go faster?

    by MJPC on Jul 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  5. In yesterday’s ‘i’ newspaper, which I grabbed whilst boarding at Heathrow, this report was accompanied by a brief reference to last month’s report that Etihad’s A380s would include three-roomed suites staffed by a butler and chef. Maybe the airline industry is trying to show that it is responsive, in its own weird way, to maintaining some sort of average standard for customers ‘enjoying’ widening inequality.

    by Robert Johnson on Jul 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

  6. Price.

    I’ll say it again just in case you missed it.


    For those who need it explained.

    Airline A offers a nice roomy comfortable seat with nice food and an attentive host/hostie and Airline B offers these seats at half the price.

    Airline A goes out of business.

    by David Hand on Jul 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  7. Or Airline Q tries cutting down on service and runs Airline J as a direct competitor with no service.

    Result? Airline E, with attentive cabin crew, (who wear high heels and mysteriously never grow old,) gets given half of Airline Q’s long haul routes because people still like comfort.

    It’s just a shame I can’t morally justify supporting Airline E, but Airlines S, BA, M and others still do a good full service job via Asia, with only a small chance of going off course.

    Don’t think it’s just price as David suggests.

    by The Old Bill on Jul 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  8. I have often wondered why planes don’t have for short flights those benches that one half sits on half lean against in crowded trains. I would miss the music, not that the selection is very good on domestic flights.

    by Gavin Moodie on Jul 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

  9. If the passengers pedalled it could help prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis). A win-win all round.

    by Salamander on Jul 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm

  10. Hmm… don’t like anybody’s chances of avoiding major injury in the event of a rough landing… or worse, an accident.

    by PDGFD1 on Jul 17, 2014 at 11:45 pm

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