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(SeattlePI)   New technology allows airlines to remove those luxurious, bulky seats that give you so much legroom in coach, and replace them with smaller, tighter seats. No word if that new technology is a hydraulic press for passengers   (seattlepi.com) divider line 19
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5296 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Oct 2013 at 12:44 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-10-15 12:49:14 PM  
3 votes:
Add a few inches of legroom and airlines can charge more for tickets. Take away a few inches and they can fit more seats on the plane and still charge the same amount or more for tickets.

The airlines are constantly reminding me that my decision to never fly again was the right one.  fark 'em.
2013-10-15 01:47:59 PM  
2 votes:

DoomPaul: The one time I didn't fly business/first class on a flight to London, I get stuck between two obese gentlemen who I thought were American but ended up being British. Their fat rolled onto the arm rests leaving me to keep my hands on the drop down tray the whole flight. It was miserable and I'd gladly pay for more room.

I don't hate fat people for their lifestyle choices but I'd prefer they stay at least 3 feet away from me at all times.


I'd take that over the time this *huge* lady I had to deal with. I was in the window seat and she had the middle. She waddles up and surveys the seats for a moment. After doing some calculations, she realizes Republicans have a better chance of voting to make all illegals automatic citizens than she does of fitting in that seat. What does she do? Just lifts my armrest out of the way, aims her ass in the general direction of the seat, and lets gravity take over whilst hoping for the best. She has now covered all over her seat and half of mine. My half that she has annexed? I'm still in it. Her fat-mass is now pinching the shiat out of my leg. Pushing up against her pork shoulder for leverage, I manage to extract my leg while hoping I won't suffer from crush syndrome. I am now jammed up into the wall of the aircraft with the other (non movable) armrest buried into my hip. She just looks at me, shrugs, and pulls out a box of swedish fish to enjoy as a pre-takeoff snack.

I page the air waitress and gesture to the property incursion I am suffering from. She says "Sorry, but the flight's full, there is no where else." I ask the lady "Shouldn't we at least send some people to the other side so that we don't spend the whole flight doing barrel rolls?" I get stink eye from both the air waitress and the fat lady. Fat lady says "It's a medical condition" I ask her "So the swedish fish must be a perscription then?" I didnt' make many friends that day. Thankfully it was only about an hour flight.

I wish the arm rests wouldn't move so fat people would be more or less contained to their assigned area. And I think I should get a refund for subsidizing her air travel.
2013-10-15 01:07:07 PM  
2 votes:

doubled99: No, no, no. It's not the airlines-it's those evil farks who recline their seat all the way back.



The whole 3/4"?
2013-10-15 12:59:03 PM  
2 votes:

DoomPaul: The one time I didn't fly business/first class on a flight to London, I get stuck between two obese gentlemen who I thought were American but ended up being British. Their fat rolled onto the arm rests leaving me to keep my hands on the drop down tray the whole flight. It was miserable and I'd gladly pay for more room.

I don't hate fat people for their lifestyle choices but I'd prefer they stay at least 3 feet away from me at all times.


Every airline seat thread I say the same thing: they should have a few seats set aside for those of us at either extremes of body size. I'm barely 5' and under 90lbs and don't use a full seat's worth of space. I would be fine sitting in a smaller one, given that I'd be sitting with other small people who didn't overflow their seats into mine. The space saved could be used to add a few larger seats for people who are the opposite extreme in terms of size.

I know they'll never do it for any number of logistical reasons, but still.
2013-10-15 03:17:27 PM  
1 votes:

HiFiGuy: [imageshack.com image 800x600]

Who told them what headlines I was looking at???


Why the heck are you still using Windows XP?
2013-10-15 01:56:30 PM  
1 votes:

elysive: redmid17: flondrix: HaywoodJablonski: United economyPlus. There. Shut up now

Is it any wider, or just "more legroom"?

Just legroom. Same seats, different placement on the plane (exit rot, initial bulkhead in front)

And as I recall it used to be cost-free to get those seats until airlines realized they could financially benefit from their customers' discomfort.


They were free even as little as 2-3 years ago.
2013-10-15 01:55:12 PM  
1 votes:

Saul T. Balzac: gnosis301: The article says the new seats net a 6 seat increase per plane.  We're talking Wal-Mart-level savings, people.

If 100 passengers would be willing to pay just $16 more for their tickets, airlines wouldn't need to add those extra seats and squish their coach customers further.

I would happily pay an extra $100 per domestic flight for more personal space on a plane, but that option doesn't exist.  It's either pay two or three times the cost of the ticket for business class or first class, or suffer in coach.  How is there not a middle option?


United has "Economy Plus" with more room, but then you end up flying United.
2013-10-15 01:46:53 PM  
1 votes:

Rik01: Start taking the train people. It takes a bit longer, but it's more comfortable and you can even get a full sized private compartment or a half compartment -- each with their own bathroom. The scenery is even better.


Pittsburgh to Minneapolis is a 1 hour 20 minute non-stop flight.

Via train, it's 22 hours 30 minutes with a stop in Chicago.

You have an odd definition of 'a bit', considering the trip is 17 times longer by rail.
2013-10-15 01:44:30 PM  
1 votes:

HaywoodJablonski: elysive: HaywoodJablonski: Saul T. Balzac: gnosis301: The article says the new seats net a 6 seat increase per plane.  We're talking Wal-Mart-level savings, people.

If 100 passengers would be willing to pay just $16 more for their tickets, airlines wouldn't need to add those extra seats and squish their coach customers further.

I would happily pay an extra $100 per domestic flight for more personal space on a plane, but that option doesn't exist.  It's either pay two or three times the cost of the ticket for business class or first class, or suffer in coach.  How is there not a middle option?

United economyPlus. There. Shut up now

Do you work for United?

Nope


Yet you still shill for it on Fark? It only advertises more legroom, not more "personal space". If strangers are touching you, you have no real personal space.
2013-10-15 01:44:01 PM  
1 votes:

miss diminutive: Air travel: one of the few times where being small serves as an advantage.

/the other being when your cruise ship beaches on an island full of cannibals


This is what I tell every tall person who glares at me on an airplane. That said, my favorite 'being short' advantage is that I'm great at hiding. Tiny cranny behind the washer? I fit there. Inside a cabinet? Here I go!

Plus you can always buy pants long enough- I can hem pants in about 10 minutes but no tall person can lengthen their too-short pants.
2013-10-15 01:08:43 PM  
1 votes:

doubled99: No, no, no. It's not the airlines-it's those evil farks who recline their seat all the way back.


But God forbid we request that airlines rid of reclining seats!

I've seen "tall" people on here called fat, selfish, liars, and ignorant of physics (when it is really geometry).

/not particularly fat or tall as people go, but I am practically all leg so reducing reclining fn on seats would be nice for me
//thinner cushions revealed in TFA are gonna be murder for fat people and people with back problems
2013-10-15 12:54:46 PM  
1 votes:

mcreadyblue: Isn't this a repeat from last week?


Why, yes it is.  With the same misinformation in the headline.  Just a different airline this time around.

I must be in the minority with my opinion that airline travel has gotten better over the past 10 years.  Not really on account of the airlines themselves, but because of all the technology options that make sitting in a tin can 50,000 feet up in the air more pleasurable.  Noise cancelling headphones and a tablet are your two best friends.  Throw in on-board WiFi and you're totally set.
2013-10-15 12:53:15 PM  
1 votes:

gnosis301: The article says the new seats net a 6 seat increase per plane.  We're talking Wal-Mart-level savings, people.


If 100 passengers would be willing to pay just $16 more for their tickets, airlines wouldn't need to add those extra seats and squish their coach customers further.

I would happily pay an extra $100 per domestic flight for more personal space on a plane, but that option doesn't exist.  It's either pay two or three times the cost of the ticket for business class or first class, or suffer in coach.  How is there not a middle option?
GBB
2013-10-15 12:52:52 PM  
1 votes:
getting closer every day:
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2013-10-15 12:52:16 PM  
1 votes:
The one time I didn't fly business/first class on a flight to London, I get stuck between two obese gentlemen who I thought were American but ended up being British. Their fat rolled onto the arm rests leaving me to keep my hands on the drop down tray the whole flight. It was miserable and I'd gladly pay for more room.

I don't hate fat people for their lifestyle choices but I'd prefer they stay at least 3 feet away from me at all times.
2013-10-15 12:49:25 PM  
1 votes:
The article says the new seats net a 6 seat increase per plane.  We're talking Wal-Mart-level savings, people.
2013-10-15 12:45:54 PM  
1 votes:
I'm waiting for them to just remove all the seats and begin strapping us down in stacked rows like logs.
2013-10-15 12:21:34 PM  
1 votes:
Air travel: one of the few times where being small serves as an advantage.

/the other being when your cruise ship beaches on an island full of cannibals
2013-10-15 12:05:30 PM  
1 votes:
The seating wouldn't be that bad if they staggered the middle seat slightly. I'm not a big guy, but my shoulders always get squeezed in.
 
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