United Airlines plans to install thinner seats on some of its planes, enabling it to increase passenger capacity. The airline said the new seats, manufactured by German-based Recaro Aircraft Seating, are thin enough to add another row of seats.
United will roll out the new seats on their Airbus narrow-body planes next year. Several European carriers, like Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines, have already adopted Recaro’s slim seat design into their planes.
United trying to squeeze in more passengers contrasts with news that New York La Guardia’s Terminal D has been renovated with iPads passengers can use and bar-style tables -- as well as more power outlets. Anyone who has had to wait in a terminal for hours on end can appreciate these types of changes.
So, that got us wondering. When you book a flight, what matters the most? Is it price above all? Time? The amount of leg room on the plane? The carrier's amenities? Would an airline with a more comfortable terminal influence your purchase? Leave a comment below and let us know -- or post your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Check out our story by senior buisness correspondent Bob Moon about what airlines squeezing in more seats might mean for passengers like you and me.