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How airline seating reflects income inequality
How airline seating reflects income inequality

When I flew on Aeroflot back in the mid-1990s, everyone flew what we would think of today as Economy; they were still serious about a classless society in those post-Gorbachev years, or perhaps they hadn't quite gotten their arms around the idea of tapping the 0.1% for excess disposable income. The potential isn't lost on U.S. and European carriers today. They've been squeezing ordinary passengers into narrower seats with less legroom, so they can expand the offerings for those willing to pay extra -- Economy Plus (about as much legroom as you used to get for the lowest fares); Business Class, and Upper Crust. On international flights, the latter don't only get cookies,...

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