Transcript for Airlines Introduce Planes With More Seats, Less Leg Room
We move on to the busy holiday travel week. Rob mentioned the weather. That might not be the only trouble ahead. Nearly 25 million of us flying this Thanksgiving and just when you thought the airlines couldn't cut out any more legroom, think again. Of here's about's linsey Davis. Reporter: 'Tis the season for packed flights. And traveling headaches. The FAA announced more people will fly this year than last year. The airlines introducing newer planes and new seats carrying more passengers. The news forecast coming days after jetblue, always boasting the most legroom in coach is following the competition by shrinking the space between seats by nearly two inches, making room for 15 additional chairs on the new planes and adding undisclosed baggage fees. In the end, jetblue is a business like every other airline and putting in more seats and charging for bags is a way to make millions of dollars. Reporter: The I nounsment comes as the industry is enjoying bigger profits and is saving an estimated $30 million a week on lower fuel prices. But fares, still on the rise. A flight from Seattle to Dallas, averaging $403, compared to $347 last year. In the golden years of air travel a few decades ago, the space in between the economy seats was 33 inches. Now you can end up on a flight with as little as 28 inches. As for jetblue, they told us this week even with the new changes, at 33 inches, they will still offer the most legroom in coach. But with demand high, it leaves less wiggle room for savings. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.
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