One airplane manufacturer, Airbus SAS, thinks they have the solution for passengers who have been told they were too fat to fly: Build a wider seat. And charge people an additional $10. It may seem like an ingenious idea, but it’s actually reverse discrimination for thin people.
Nevertheless, according to Bloomberg.com, Airbus SAS has begun pitching a version of its A320s with wider aisle seatsthat airlines can sell for additional revenue. Which is good.
It’s also good that the proposed aisle seats would go from 18 inches wide to 20 inches wide.
But, here’s the problem: The middle and window seats (which are already cramped enough as it is) would be reduced to 17 inches. So thin people, or people not rich enough or lucky enough to snag an aisle seat for an additional fee would actually have less space.
Right now, Airbus planes have three 18 inch seats per row. Under this new (unfair) proposal, they would add two inches to the aisle seats while taking one inch away from the other two seats. So you’d have a 17 inch window seat, a 17 inch middle seat and a 20 inch aisle seat.
Now who exactly is going to be OK with having less space on a plane where we’re already totally cramped? Even thin people are rarely comfortable in an 18 inch seat. And now they want to make us squeeze into smaller seats just so obese people can have a wider seat? That’s just not the answer. And it feels like thin people are being discriminated against.
Of course, Boeing 737′s only offer three 17 inch seats on their planes, so this doesn’t apply to them. It’s strictly a marketing ploy that Airbus thinks can earn them more revenue, according what their chief operating officer, John Leahy, told Bloomberg:
Airlines are improving their margins by charging for bags, window seats, and food. But what most people really want is space, and that’s what we can offer. Every economy-class aisle seat would be almost as wide as a first class seat on competing aircraft.
I’m all for businesses making money by filling a need. Just not at the expense of the rest of us. If they reduce our seat sizes, shouldn’t they at least charge us less per ticket?
Tell us if you think this is fair.