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Commercial aviation is now a combat sport

Seats are smaller and they recline less, but passengers are taking it well because airlines say this keeps fares low. HAHAHA just kidding people are turning on each other in the skies.

Your flight home for the holidays was more uncomfortable than ever. And guess what, it's not getting better!

The New York Times has a fun and detailed look at the new realities of airline travel.

Over the last two decades, the space between seats — hardly roomy before — has fallen about 10 percent, from 34 inches to somewhere between 30 and 32 inches. Today, some airlines are pushing it even further, leaving only a knee-crunching 28 inches.

To gain a little more space, airlines are turning to a new generation of seats that use lighter materials and less padding, moving the magazine pocket above the tray table and even reducing or eliminating the recline in seats. Some are even reducing the number of galleys and bathrooms.

Next trip, stow boxing gloves in your overhead compartment OR maybe just pretend to be a compassionate human for a few hours?

(via Digg)

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