The next big revolution should be against shrinking airplane seats!

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Airlines’ push to lure high-paying fliers with flatbed business seats and premium economy loungers is leaving economy-class passengers with less space.

No, you’re not going crazy: airline seats really are getting smaller. For airlines, the reason is simple: the lighter and smaller models cut costs and widen profits.

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A push over the past decade by carriers to expand higher-fare sections has shrunk the area devoted to coach on many big jetliners. But airlines don’t want to drop passengers. So first airlines slimmed seats to add more rows.

Now, big carriers including AMR Corp.’s AAMRQ +2.17% American Airlines, Air Canada, AC.B.T +0.57% Air France-KLM SA AF.FR -1.76% and Dubai’s Emirates Airline are cutting shoulder space by wedging an extra seat into each coach row. That shift is bringing the short-haul standard to long-haul flying.

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Seen at TYWKIWDBI, Airplane seats are shrinking. Are you?

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