Tighter seats and less leg room

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  1. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life...n-smaller/article14880701/#dashboard/follows/

    The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favour of so-called slim-line models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane.

    The changes, covering some of the most common planes flown on domestic and international routes, give the airlines two of their favourite things: More paying passengers, and a smaller fuel bill because the seats are slightly lighter. It’s part of a trend among the airlines to view seats as money-makers, not just pieces of furniture. Add a bit of legroom and airlines can charge more for tickets. Take some away and they can fit more seats on the plane.
     
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    Overall the idea to install slim-line seats is a great one, to fill the opened up space with more seats, less so.
     
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    Using additional seats and carrying additional passengers and their luggage increases rather than decreases weight. The fuel bill becomes higher for the flight, although the airline can sell more tickets too.
     
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    Is there truly less legroom with these slimline seats, or are the seats themselves just "thinner"?

    Even if there is not, it may appear to be less legroom just because the seats are not as wide.
     
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    Even though my shoulders get bumped into, I really like aisle seats on UA & AA that have an armrest that lift up.

    I haven't noticed any less legroom.
     
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    I haven't noticed a big difference in leg room but what I have noticed is the narrower aisles - quite a few times on my last flight I noticed people accidentally bumping into me whilst making their way to the toilet and every time the drinks trolley came down it would hit my shoulder. *i was sitting on an end seat*
     
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    Really like the typo "Slime-Line" Reminds me of how clean the interiors of Domestic Airlines have become.
     
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    OOOPS! Maybe it wasn't a typo after all. :D
     
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    I would agree with that assessment. Just went from SNA-DFW with the slimlines where I was 6'3, middle pax was 6'6, and aisle pax was 6'2, and we were tight at the shoulders, but fairly comfy with the legs...until the pax in front of us *tried* to recline...emphasis on tried...*removing knees from back*
     
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    But what about those overweight passengers? I can't imagine this is pleasant for them or the passengers next to them...more encroachment. I just can't see how the slimlines are good for anyone but the airlines...
     
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    Sounds about right, two seats for POS two rows apart. I hope the fellow got his seat problem resolved.
     

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