Airlines cut deeper into standard legroom

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    || Airlines cut deeper into standard legroom ||

    Envy count in inches, that's the game! :( Welcome to the brave new world!

    There must be some valid rule on how many inches a passenger in coach / economy deserves?:confused:
     
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    As long the rules are fair!;)
     
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    Haha, looks like the airlines reached a consensus on the next surcharge! Maybe it should've been expected. Once they started charging the fat folks more, it was just a matter of time before the tall ones had to pay up extra too for the legroom.
     
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    You get what you pay for... ;)
     
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    I know there are regulations on the amount minimum amount of seat pitch allowed, but that doesn't seem to help this guy:

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    Edit by me....trying to be nicer and not as snarky. :)
     
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    “It’s ruined the Southwest flying experience,” said Klein, 33."

    ??????
     
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    I think flying Southwest is what ruins the Southwest flying experience. :D
     
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    I dunno.... I don't consider myself a Southwest fan boy (I fly them maybe once a year at most), but my recent hop from SJC to ONT was comfortable and significantly cheaper than if I had taken UA's flight from SFO... which, by the way, would have been on a CR2.
     
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    I still remember the airline commercials bragging that they "removed coach seats" to provide passengers with more leg room. Wasn't that about 10 years ago? Like anything in business old ideas are new again and old/new ideas aren't cost-effective.

    Edited to add: I knew I was remembering those ads. Here's one for American...
     
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    I hope there isn't. If there is, there shouldn't be. The market can take care of this itself. If it's that important to people, they can take their business to an airline with different practices, or they can pay for extra leg room. Airlines are business, and they're not going to give things away for free. There's no right to be comfortable.
     
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    It's times like this where I'm glad to only be 5'8"...

    LETTERBOY is right though. The market will take care of itself. Lets see who the first airline to cross the acceptable threshold is and drums up some "outrage" on the news.
     
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    For once, I would prefer that we wouldn't need an " outrage " nor " extra charges " to get a decent legroom.
     
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    It's a race to be the cheapest for some airlines and that often doesn't correlate well with the amount of comfort for the passengers (the ones in Economy at least). It is what it is I suppose.
     
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    Also- where Southwest advertises them having no bag or change fees, I'm sure other airlines will step up with the "more legroom than our leading competitor" claim.
     
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    Paging The Market... The Market to the red courtesy phone please for an urgent message about Spirit Air and its 28" seat pitch (http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Spirit_Airlines/Spirit_Airlines_Airbus_A320.php)

    :D
     
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    I can't find cheap fares on SW. Seems to me that people are sucked in by their marketing.
     
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    Right, I'm sure NOBODY in a market would ever try to cheat you if there wasn't some sort of ability to enforce a contract or penalty for misbehavior. Safety? Obviously enforces itself in a free market.

    Oh, I also have this perfectly fine bridge in a New York borough to sell you.
     
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    Next they'll be offering discount double leg amputations to help pax fit in the seats.

    It will make it half true that a round trip flight costs an arm and a leg. :D

    Two legs, actually. :p
     
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    The few times I've looked at WN prices, other airlines were cheaper.
     
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    They have already long passed the point of acceptable leg room, so I doubt any market correction is incoming soon. Second, we are rapidly approaching the point where every seat will be "expanded leg room" since everyone will have to obtain one of those seats and no one will be able to fly in the "old" coach seats since they won't fit in them.
     
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    Or sucked in by not paying $100 to check two bags round-trip to and from their destination on top of that $20-50 cheaper airfare, or not paying $150 AND a fare difference to change a flight.
    My mom is not a hayseed hick who's never flown before, but she wouldn't get close to flying enough to hit an elite level anywhere that gives her free luggage, and does her banking through a credit union instead of banks (plus even an airline-marketed credit card would mean connections on SOME of her flights). She doesn't go outside of the US for her flying. She does usually check her bags.
    So she flies WN.
    I've flown WN many times when they were cheaper than alternative flights. But I also have no allergy to a decent coach seat, and I appreciate not being dinged for every nuisance fee under the sun. So WN will often work for me.
     
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