The ability to fly from point A to point B in an airplane is amazing! I’m still blown away by how this works. Initially it was too expensive for the average person to experience this, but now most can at some point afford a trip via plane. In fact, discount airlines have lowered the prices so low it’s sometimes cheaper than other modes of transportation. Unfortunately this has caused airlines to cut back cost in certain areas. One area is seating, especially in the economy cabin.
The seats keep getting closer and closer together. Sometimes I would be more comfortable standing for the entire duration of a flight versus cramming myself into a middle seat between a woman eating a rotisserie chicken and a toddler that wants to kick me in the head every minute. Dishonorable mention goes to the now defunct AirTran. They were a discount line that was bought out by Southwest Airlines. I realize the concept behind a discount airline, but if you are buying an economy ticket, there is no difference between the small and big airlines. It’s not like either have perks anymore. Cape Air also deserves mention despite not making the top ten. Granted this is a smaller airline, but the seats are only 17 inches wide and only 27 inches apart. If that gives you anxiety, you probably don’t want to know about how you may get weighed prior to boarding.
We are looking at pitch, width and general pain factors. Big and small, they are all represented here. Here are the ten airlines with the worst economy seats.
10 Frontier Airlines
7 American Airlines
4 Hawaiian Air
3 Spirit Airlines
2 United Airlines
1 Air Transat
I mean, Air Transat needs a round of applause. This airline is based in Canada with major hubs in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The A310 and A330 plane models typically have eight seats in a row. Someone at Air Transat had a thought, “what if there were nine in a row?” There you have it, that’s how you end up with a seat width of 16.4 inches. When you fly Air Transat you must fold your clothes prior to travel and fold your body to fit into your economy airline seat. How many executives toured the plane after the first row of nine seats was installed? I bet they were all there and nodding with proud approval.
Sources: Business Insider, Airline Quality, Huffington Post
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