Flying economy is already a tight fit, and unfortunately, those small areas are about to get a lot worse for those on American Airlines.
American wants to add more seats on its new Boeing 737 Max jetliners. The easiest solution? Apparently, cutting two inches of front-to-back space in some of its economy seating. That means the already tight 31 inches will drop to a paltry 29 inches in some areas, and from 31 to 30 inches in others.
American's Not the Only One
Apparently, American Airlines isn't the only one tightening things up. United may also be considering a similar move. Low-cost airlines like Spirit and Frontier already have smaller seat areas as well; however, the discomfort is usually offset by the affordable prices on these lines. It remains to be seen whether American's new tighter digs will compete with those budget ticket prices.
How Much Worse Can Flying Economy Get?
Recently, major airlines have come under fire for a number of incidents. The elderly doctor being hauled off the United flight a few weeks ago went viral. It was followed by an American Airlines passenger becoming upset after her baby was almost hit by an allegedly irate flight attendant. (The attendant was dismissed from duty, and contrary to early reports, no one was hit with a stroller.) And just a few days ago, Delta kicked an entire family off a flight. (Delta has since apologized for the incident.)
Most travelers will likely never have to worry about these major incidents, but airlines are making other sweeping measures that affect budget and economy class. Back in January, United and American both began offering low-cost fares that were severely restricted. The budget fares don't include overhead bin usage, and passengers with these tickets board last and don't choose their seats.
But at least budget passengers will still receive the same snacks and entertainment as those in the main cabin. For now, anyway.
Readers, what do you think? Will this affect your choice to fly more? Will you opt for budget airlines instead? Let us know in the comments below!