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Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

Is it just me, or is it getting more crowded in here?

That’s what I think when I fly in the “Coach” or “Economy” cabin of an airliner these days.

As it turns out, I’m not wrong. The “pitch” (which most passengers think of as “legroom”) between the seats in those cabins has decreased by about 3” (and, on some planes as much as 6”) during the last two decades.

Now I haven’t been carrying a retractable measuring tape with me when I fly, so that assessment on what I call the “Airplane Sardine-Can Factor” isn’t based on my own research. Instead, it comes from former FAA chief legal counsel, Mark Gerchick, whose new book, Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today, discusses why passengers keep paying more, but keep getting less comfort and service in return, when they travel by air.

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