American Airlines has decided to dispense with any semblance of being a quality airline and will slash another two inches from economy class seats despite rising complaints of the already painfully cramped conditions. The airline is effectively boasting to investors that it will stuff more seats on its planes while charging passengers in economy to buy the necessary leg room to be remotely comfortable. United is also planning to join the cattle call and reduce legroom, though it might make dragging passengers from planes a bit more difficult. The reduction at American will put it close to the infamous Spirit Airline in terms of cramped, uncomfortable conditions.
The airline is adding the seats to its flying cattle cars also known as 737 Max jetliners. The “Max” must be an industry joke since it represents the minimum space one can give a human being without be charged with criminal assault. American will shrink its seats from 31 inches to 29 inches on three rows of the airplane. It main cabin will be reduced to 30-inches.
Just in case any passengers try to go to the bathroom for a little more space, forget about it. American is also slashing the space in the bathrooms which are already too small for anyone but a hobbit to fit into.
Just for the record, there are two airlines that continue to buck the trend and offer people a small amount of space — and dignity. They are Jet Blue at 34 inches and Virgin at 32 inches.
By the way, profits have never been better and fuel costs are low. So this is just callous profiteering at the cost of passengers.