You can often hear air travelers and reviewers complaining about shrinking legroom in economy class. However, reduction in elbow-room or seat-width is an often overlooked casualty of the trend of packing more seats in aircraft. Many airlines have added one more passenger per row over the last few years.
For example, British Airways has changed the economy layout on its Boeing 777s from 3-3-3 to 3-4-3, resulting in seats just 17-inches wide. Similarly, Air France, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and KLM have also moved to 3-4-3 seating in 777s.
What is worse is that some low-cost airlines are may be planning an incredible 11-seat-row layout (3-5-3) in so far spacious Airbus A380 aircraft.
Which do you feel is more important for your comfort during a flight – leg-room or elbow-room?
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Economy’s real squeeze? It’s elbow room, not leg room