Jet [Black and] Blue: Airlines Moves To Further Reduce Legroom In Coach

You have probably been reading the torrent of criticism over the lack of legroom on U.S. airlines and how many people are simply choosing not to fly given the punishing nature of air travel today. JetBlue and WestJet have responded with decisions to cut legroom even more on their flights.

As someone who is six feet, it is now painful to sit in a coach seat as you get kneecapped when someone throws back their seat. It is virtually impossible to use most computers on the flights. Airlines are converting air travel to virtual human cattle cars and now JetBlue and WestJet want to set their own new low in the treatment of passengers. Of course, other airlines are moving to get approval for planes that require passengers to stand like kindling wood to add more human cargo.

What is so disappointing is that some of us flew JetBlue because of its commitment to legroom and the claim of having the most legroom for coach of American carriers. It will now slash another inch from the leg room and reduce the space to 32 inches. While crushing passengers, it will bring in $150 million in additional revenue

What is now truly disgraceful is that airlines charge for seats with comfortable legroom. Indeed, by turning most seats into little more than hamster-sized cages, the airlines are forcing travelers to fork over more money to simply be able to sit comfortably or use a computer. The assumption that travel should be comfortable is being eradicated. Yet, while airlines treat passengers like cattle, Congress continues to cut legislative deals for this powerful lobby in a host of different ways.

The move by the airlines is a disgrace. It is another reason why I now work hard to avoid taking flights — either driving or taking a train whenever possible. The time it takes to get through security and the hostile attitude of air carriers in the United States has made air travel into a soul-crushing, knee-shattering experience.

Source: CNN

50 thoughts on “Jet [Black and] Blue: Airlines Moves To Further Reduce Legroom In Coach”

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  2. bettykath, From reading your posting, it appears you don’t like recent high school graduates – or at least you feel they are incapable of doing the duties of a flight attendant. On top of that you feel that the people who work as baggage handlers are all criminals and who only refrain from stealing your luggage because of the extra money paid to them.


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  3. I just flew Singapore Airlines in economy and it was a pleasure. It brought into focus the business model of U.S. Airlines. It is not to charge for privilege and extra amenities. It is to create an environment of torture, discomfort and inconvenience, and then force customers to pay to alleviate the torture.

    Sad to say, but just as it took regulation to correct confinement of passengers on blisteringly hot jets on the tarmac for untold hours, and regualtion to have the airlines present their fares without hidden costs, now we need regulation to set minimum standards so the business model just described cannot continue to develop into greater and greater confinement of passengers.

    Either that or make it mandatory that Republicans fly only in the unregulated cabins, and everyone else can use the alternative.

  4. Otteray: yes, flying one during war, nothing to smile about there.

    Your friend certainly had a few lucky stars in that part of his life. Good to read.

  5. Darren, at least they were not shooting at you. I had a friend who died last year. He was a crew member on a B-17 that was shot down. Blown half in two by a flack round. He was one of three crew members who managed to get out. Germans on the ground shot and killed one of the survivors while he was still coming down in his parachute. My friend ended up as a prisoner in Buchenwald. Himmler wanted to have the 163 allied airmen held there executed before the camp could be liberated. Goering was one of the few people with enough clout to intervene. Goering was a former fighter pilot himself and would not let Himmler execute fellow airmen.

    Several years ago, the B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” came to his town and as a decorated B-17 airman and former POW, he was offered a free ride. He said before he got in it he walked around it and gave it a preflight inspection himself. He commented the #3 engine had an oil leak and did not like the looks of it. He refused the free ride. Said jumping out of a B-17 once in a lifetime was enough. He did have a picture of himself with the flight crew in front of the B-17.

  6. The interstate is sounding more and more pleasant for each tale.

    I spnet two summers building it in 55-56. Never driven one. Maybe I did, west out of El Paso, or should I say out of Juarez in ’61. A single soldier needs his RnR.

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