Any way you look at it, as a nation, we Americans are getting fatter. As a consequence, high diabetes rates and other obesity-related health issues are on the rise. Over the last few years, there have been a number of obesity news stories related to ‘plus-sized’ customers being charged more for reasons like, “using more sick time,” “consuming more food” and “taking up more space.” There were even concerns that the seats on airliners have gotten so tight between the rows, that many people couldn’t assume the proper ‘crash position’ in the event of an emergency, thus putting people’s lives in jeopardy.
Now airlines are cramming even more seats into their airliners. United and Southwest are the first. They claim they can do it because of newly designed slimmed-down seats. However, while the new seats are reported to be an inch thinner, they are being placed an inch or closer together than before. In addition, the fold down table attached to the back of the seat is also smaller than before and the aisles are now just a bit narrower.
And what are passengers saying about the new seats? Well, nothing positive. But the airlines don’t care, because the new seats are putting more money into their pockets, with little concern for passenger safety and comfort.
So will someone actually sue for wider rows this time? Will airlines start charging to use the restrooms onboard during a flight? And is there any truth to the rumor that Boeing is experimenting with placing passenger seats on the wings?