The Casualty of Comfort

ABC News
Beyond The HeadlineOctober 29, 2013

As airlines try to squeeze every last nickel out of passengers, comfort has become a casualty. On planes that used to have nine seats to a row, some airlines are now squeezing in a tenth.

But, one of the world’s largest plane makers is saying enough is enough saying that on long flights, airplane seats should be no smaller than 18 inches

Airbus commissioned a test on sleeping passengers – simulating real flying conditions - including the rising sun and background noise, and found that even one inch makes a huge difference. Overall, the quality of sleep for travelers in an 18 inch seat was 50% better.