The move will also make American the first major US airline to offer essentially the same amount of coach seat space that ultra-discount carriers like Frontier and Spirit Airlines do. For comparison, airlines like Southwest and JetBlue offer between 31 and 34 inches of pitch for all of their seats.
The CNN report also suggests that United is considering making similar changes to its planes, which may not be the best strategy for the airline to escape the vortex of bad press it's been caught up in lately, for among other things, violently booting innocent passengers and rogue in-flight scorpions.
The good news is that if you manage to book yourself an aisle seat on one of these newly sardine-packed American jets, there may be a way to score some extra leg space.
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