Airlines cutting on legroom to make bigger profits

Published on : Saturday, December 28, 2013

842107-legroom-plane-300x225Airlines are trying to compromise on every millimeter as the legroom are continuously decreasing. In their bid to extract profit from this expensive industry the pinch is being harshly felt by the passengers.

Reclining seats and comfortable legroom are things of the past as airplanes are trying to fit in more seating areas by cutting comfort spaces.

Spirit and Southwest airlines are just two such companies who are doing whatever they can to make the most of every piece of space that they have.

Spirit Airlines now gives coach passengers the least amount of room, after installing seats that measured to have just 28 inches per person.

As a result, the airline fits 178 people on their Airbus A320 planes rather than the general standard of 150.

The spirit airways have managed to accomplish this feat by taking away passengers ability to move their seats back on their own accord. Spirit’s coach seats are immoveable, set permanently to lean three inches back. This is being sold as a benefit for flyers by the Airline representatives.

They justify the immovability by saying that ‘Customers appreciate the fact that there is no longer interference from the seat in front of you moving up and down throughout the flight. This was said by a spokeswoman of the Spirit airlines.

Southwest may not have taken away that freedom from its passengers quite yet, but they are limiting their options as they designed new chairs that only allow them to go two inches back rather than the previously-standard three.

The ‘slim line’ chairs are constructed in a way, using lighter materials and a different design that helps the company put more seats in the cabin.

While passengers may not enjoy the change, company higher-ups are seeing the change as that simple design change equates to an additional $200million in annual revenue from tickets sold in those extra seats.

Airlines are not the only ones causing problems by shrinking their seats, as part of the blame lies with the passengers themselves. Over the past 40 years Americans’ waistlines have expanded by 2.5 inches and the average person is heavier by more than 20 pounds according to the Centers for Disease Control reports. Airlines prefer cutting on seat space than accommodating the physical transformation in individuals.

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