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A tight fit on US flights

The amount of space for economy-class passengers in the US has steadily declined over the decades since deregulation in the 1970s.

The amount of space for economy-class passengers in the US has steadily declined over the decades since deregulation in the 1970s.

Published Oct 18, 2013

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London - People flying to the United States may find themselves squeezing into narrower seats than ever before.

The country’s airlines are cramming five or six more seats on each plane – but insist they are making better use of space and travellers won’t notice.

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The changes, which affect US domestic and international routes, give airlines more paying passengers and a smaller fuel bill since the seats are typically lighter and less padded. Aisles are also getting narrower.

Many transatlantic passengers are already feeling crowded.

As recently as 2010, most airlines buying Boeing’s 777 for international flights opted for nine-seat rows.

Now 70 percent of new 777s have rows ten seats across, Boeing said. - Daily Mail

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