The Economy Is Just Like a Plane: Coach Sucks
And first class is constantly getting nicer
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
This Oct. 28, 2011 file photo shows the new first class interior section of a United Airlines 747 plane at San Francisco International Airport.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

(Newser) – Take a good look at first class on the way to your cramped coach seat the next time you take a flight, because "airline seating may be the best concrete expression of what's happened to the economy in recent decades," writes Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post . Airlines are rushing to install ever more luxurious—and more expensive—first class seats, while "at the other end of the economic spectrum low-cost airlines that recreate the thrill of traveling in steerage are thriving, too."

Even JetBlue has just announced that it's adding first class seating on cross-country flights, something it's long eschewed in favor of more leg room for all. It's a "fairly faithful mirror of what's happening in the larger economy: the disappearance of the middle class." Median household income has fallen every year since 2008, even as income for the top 1% skyrockets. Decisions like JetBlue's illustrate why this is a problem: "Airplanes, like stagnating economies, are finite." Space given to first class is legroom coach doesn't get.

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NorCalHal
Aug 8, 2013 6:25 PM CDT
"The economy is just like a plane".... a group of people not in control of their future and who are being led by one or two people one of which is doing his best to keep a trail of smoke coming out the tail end ........
ren1999
Aug 8, 2013 11:46 AM CDT
Just remember that those greedy liars in business class are the ones who pay you half what your father made. You can't even afford to fly.
ren1999
Aug 8, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
Not quite. If you cram 80% of the workforce in the baggage cargo area to make more room for business class cubicals above, then you'll have something that looks more like the U.S. economy.