American Airlines Hopes You Weren't Using All That Legroom

The airline will reduce legroom in economy class by up to 2 inches
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2017 7:49 PM CDT
American Airlines announced Wednesday it's reducing legroom for its economy-class passengers.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – Apparently deciding recent coverage of US airlines had been entirely too positive, American Airlines announced Wednesday it will be decreasing legroom in its economy class seats by up to 2 inches. CNN reports the airline will be reducing the distance between seats in three rows of its economy class from 31 inches to 29 inches. The distance will be reduced to 30 inches in the rest of the economy cabin. This will allow American to add 10 extra seats to its Boeing 737-Max jetliners. An American spokesperson tells the Los Angeles Times the lessened space between seats won't be that noticeable because the seat backs will be thinner, adding passengers will still get a "good experience." Customers will pay the same ticket price for 1 to 2 inches less of legroom. (Read more American Airlines stories.)

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