JetBlue Seats Are About to Get Even More Cramped

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It's a dark day for personal space bubbles everywhere: JetBlue is about to cram 15 more seats into its Airbus A320. What's more, after being one of the only remaining major airline holdouts, it's also finally caving in and tacking on baggage fees. Delightful.

The move comes in response to airlines' ever-increasing financial pressures. But to JetBlue's credit, it will purportedly still offer more legroom in coach than any other major airline—at least according to its own calculations. So even though we'll be going from an already cramped 150 seats to a preposterous 165, it'll still have a half-inch over the closest competition. Even if JetBlue's seat pitch did lose a solid 1.5 inches in total.

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And as your legroom is getting tossed out the window, so is your free checked bag. Though we still have yet to see how much it'll actually be charging, we do know that it's at least more than Southwest, the only remaining airline that doesn't force you to pay for your changes of underwear.

But hey, at least we still have seats. For now. [JetBlue via Wall Street Journal]

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oh god damn it. Don't airlines understand that when you charge people for baggage, they will just cram everything into carry on suitcases. Then people spend 5 times longer boarding the plane because everyone wants to shove their bags into overhead bin. When it doesn't fit, they walk back to the front of the plane, thus slowing down the boarding process and causing a flight delay. Which in turn causes airlines to pay for delays and anger passengers when they arrive an hour late.