Accommodating large people on airline
On average, economy class seat widths decreased 2 to 3 inches, and seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the seat in front of you) decreased 2 to 5 inches. Last year, United found a way to add the equivalent of 14 planes to its fleet by moving seats closer together on its existing aircraft.Earlier this month, American announced it will add 10 more economy seats on each new Boeing 737 MAX by reducing seat pitch.
The video is an awakening to the ways our society treats plus-size people and the harmful positions larger passengers endure to avoid disturbing row mates.
But advocacy groups for large people say these policies discriminate against them.
"If a person takes up more than one seat, that's not the problem of the person, that's the problem of the seat," says Miriam Berg, president of the Council on Size & Weight Discrimination.
But in the documentary, “Why Flying Is So Expensive,” Wendover Production calculated the cost of an 80-minute trip from John F.
Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, and found .50 of every ticket made up the fuel cost while .60 of every ticket went to taxes and charges.