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.