If you think flying coach sucks is a cramped and claustrophobic experience, then you’re going to hate what’s coming in the months ahead. An increasing number of airlines are starting to install more paid-legroom seats on their planes (because people buy them), eating into the legroom of the standard coach seat – which we all know is already limited.
Airlines such as JetBlue, American, United, Frontier, and Spirit are introducing a new class of roomier seats with names such as Economy Plus (United) and Classic Plus (Frontier) that offer passengers more space to spread out but at a higher price tag. To make room on the plane for these pricier seats, the standard coach experience gets a little more cramped.
In the past, the economy section on an average long-haul plane represented about 90% of the seats, with first-class seats making up the balance. Today, 10% to 30% of the spots on a major airline are extra-roomy economy seats. To make room for the new seats, airlines have eliminated 10 to 40 standard economy seats per plane. On some airlines, many of the remaining economy seats got pushed closer together.
Get ready to love thy neighbor.
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