united-economy-seat-legroomFlying coach or “economy class” as the airlines call it is pretty much the pits these days. The seats are too small. There’s no leg room. The overhead compartments fill up too quickly and then inevitably someone has to get their bag checked or the plane won’t be able to take off. So can you imagine it getting any worse? Well it just might. Airlines might begin offering an “Economy Minus” class, a step down from regular economy class.

According to Yahoo News:

Travel site Runway Girl Network is reporting that a major carrier — whom the site does not name — is considering offering an “Economy Minus” class.

RGN says it spoke to an undisclosed airline at the APEX Expo in Anaheim, California.

Under the airline’s proposed plan, economy class would come in a three-tiered system: “Enhanced Economy,” with a seat pitch (the length between one point on an airline seat to the exact same point on the seat in front of or behind it) of 35-38 inches; “Regular Economy” at 30-31 inches; and the new “Economy Minus,” which would be at a knee-torturing 30 inches and below.


Seat pitch is how legroom is frequently measured. (Illustration: Yahoo Travel)

RGN points out other airlines — primarily budget airlines like Frontier — already have some form of Economy Minus.  And another travel site, The Points Guy, recently reported Delta has quietly downgraded its Basic Economy class, with new measures that include no advance seat selection before your check-in window and no paid upgrades allowed.

Hopefully this is just a bad rumor, a terrible untruth, but it seems that as airlines do everything they can to cut corners and cut costs, then a variation of a Economy Minus will begin to exist for all airlines. They are already nickle and diming passengers for every single thing. It’s only a matter of time where if your only option is flying economy then you might be better off taking the Greyhound.

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