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No, You're Not Getting Fat; Airplane Seats Are Getting Smaller
Finding your airplane seats a bit tighter? Good news, it's not because you stopped at Cinnabon one too many times while waiting for your flight (well, probably not anyway).
Over the past decade, airlines have been adding seats to their more expensive sections. But rather than carry fewer economy passengers as a result, carriers like "American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France-KLM and Dubai's Emirates Airline are cutting shoulder space by wedging an extra seat into each coach row," the Wall Street Journal reports.
By cutting back on the already tight seats in coach, airlines are hoping travelers will be more inclined to shell out for roomier, more expensive seats. You can fight this trend by refusing to upgrade and swinging your overstuffed carryon into the shoulders of those who have.