How to Get More Legroom in Coach

If you’ve been feeling extra cramped legroomon flights these days, you’re not alone.

Air carriers have been been slowly shrinking the amount of legroom customers get for years. The average “seat pitch”—the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat directly in front of it—has decreased from 35 inches in the late 1960s to 31 inches today, and on some airlines has been reduced to 28 inches. That may explain why a quarter of passengers on economy flights said they found seat comfort to be “poor” or “very poor,” a recent survey by Consumer Reports found.

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