Sardine seating may not be the biggest concern with the design of American Airlines new 737-MAX aircraft (perhaps it should be called the 737-MIN?). It may be its mini-bathrooms. Even flight attendants are complaining about the cramped lavatories, which are designed for long-range, low-cost operation. Airline personnel reportedly told CEO Doug Parker that the sinks in the restrooms are… Read More


Each January we hold hope for a good new year…   But in 2017, we saw things go colossally wrong, from United Airlines dragging off a passenger, to price-gouging during natural disaster Hurricane Harvey, to a new low in Coach Class  – ‘Basic Economy’, aka Last Class. The CEO of American Airlines boasted recently, “We’ll never lose… Read More


Flyers hate being packed ever-more tightly like sardines in a tin, but that’s where we are today. In October, American Airlines revealed that it will insert 12 more seats, or two rows, into its economy class on its Boeing 737-800 fleet and an extra nine seats into its Airbus A321s. At the same time, JetBlue said it will… Read More


There is distressing news coming out of Long Beach’s Aircraft Interiors trade show this week. Journalists are reporting that most aircraft seats being showcased are below our minimum standards of 18″ width and 28″ pitch in economy class. Manufacturers “confident” seats will pass certification With the usual hubris, US airlines seem unafraid of a potential US court moratorium on these tight… Read More


  Last week, an investigative report by the Daily Beast revealed that economy-class seats are so tight that crash test dummies were consistently breaking seatback video screens with their heads during simulations. This troubling report also noted that no coach seats today comply with Department of Transportation regulations for the brace position. FlyersRights has been raising the alarm… Read More