A weighty issue

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  1. Dublin_rfk

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    I would invite the author to read the "Thank you Senator Schumer" thread to see some of the possible side effects of outside (nonflying) intervention into a semi profitable industry. However I expect that the reality of market forces and goverement meddling would be over his head.
     
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    It's shocking that George Hobica from airfare watchdog.com, the "travel expert" quoted in the article, would advocate this. Surely he's aware that increasing seat width by 8" from 17" would mean that one of the chub class seats would take 50% more space on the aircraft, from 3-3 to 2-2 in most narrow body aircraft (thereby decreasing the number of seats in such rows by 33%) but more in some aircraft types due to indivisibilities since, for example a 3-2 configuration would go to 2-1 without decreasing the aisle width and 2-2 would go to 1-1. By contrast, EC or Y+ give 4" more pitch and those seats therefore do not consume 50% more floor space but rather more like 20%. So the proposal that chub seats be charged the same amount as Y+ or EC is obviously not viable.
     
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    Pfft. What are you, an economist? ;)

    It is click bait. Pick a topic that you know will attract a lot of attention and write a populist post. Lots of people will repost it all over the web and social channels, and you build your reputation as a travel expert, your company gets mentioned all over the place, ...

    Clearly it works. I cite this thread as evidence.
     
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    I know they say that any publicity is good publicity, but when an expert looks like an idiot.....
     
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    I suspect that airlines that would have the wider seats would have trouble enforcing who sits there if there is no price difference. I may empathize with the huskier flier, but I am not going to subsidize them nor give up my armrest.
     
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    Looks like an idiot to you and me, but not to the millions of people who are fed up with airlines in general and limited (and shrinking in some cases) space in economy. To them he's a hero.
     
  8. I want extra room I pay for BIZ or Premium problem solved.
     
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    Yes, I supose that being a hero, to any group is better than being an idiot. Even if the group is one that falls into the that flyes once (maybe twice on a good) year as opossed to those of us that probably wouldn't mind flying that a week.
     
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    E+ but with wider seats??? Even though designed for the "weighty", how quickly would such seats be taken by those frequent flyers that simply want a little more separation from their seatmate? Wouldn't New Zealand's Sky Couch work just as well?
     
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