New Airline Seats Put More Squeeze on Passengers

Thinner, lighter seats will allow for more passengers per plane

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Large airlines in the U.S. are replacing older, bulky seats with new “slimline” models, squeezing precious space out of already cramped cabins.

The new seats, which take up less space in the front and back, will allow airlines to fit five or six additional seats on each plane, according to AP. The new seats are generally an inch closer together from front to back, but airlines say they are making up for the tighter fit with thinner seatback magazine pockets and smaller tray tables, so passengers shouldn’t feel much of a difference.

United says that the new seats also cut about 1,200 pounds from each A320 aircraft, which will translate into $10 million savings in fuel each year.