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Reclining Airline Seats and You

Reclining Airline Seats
Reclining Airline Seats

Passengers flying economy are faced with smaller seats with less space between seats (called seat pitch). In this cabin environment, reclining airline seats significantly can greatly reduce the space for the passenger sitting behind the reclining passenger.  A survey of international flight attendants indicated that over 60% had been involved in, or witness to, an argument between passengers on the subject of reclined seats. Is the end near for reclining airline seats?

Opinions on Seat Reclining

There are passengers that are pro- and anti-seat reclining. For the pro-reclining passengers, the rationale is fairly simple: the airlines offer reclining seats and anyone can choose to recline or not to recline as desired. In addition, particularly on longer flights, some passengers indicate that a reclining airline seat is the difference between being able to sleep and staying awake.

The anti-reclining passengers point out that the ability to recline should not outweigh the fact that the airlines have significantly reduced the pitch between seats, especially in the economy section. In addition, for taller passengers and/or passengers working on laptops, they have a right to be comfortable which is not guaranteed by also electing to recline their seats. [···]

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In-Flight Wi-Fi Update: October 2015

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In-Flight Wi-Fi Increases

JetBlue Hits In-Flight Wi-Fi Milestone

JetBlue announced that it has completed installing Wi-Fi (or as JetBlue calls it, “Fly-Fi”)on its fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft. JetBlue’s current estimated fleet count of A320 and A321 aircraft totaled 130 and 22, respectively. JetBlue is now turning its attention to completing the Wi-Fi installation on its fleet of E190 aircraft. Totaling an estimated 60 aircraft, JetBlue has only installed Wi-Fi on 2% of its E190 aircraft. JetBlue plans to complete installation of Wi-Fi in its E190 aircraft by the fall of 2016.  JetBlue relies upon Ka-band satellite technology and hopes that speeds will reach 20 Mbps per device.

Jamie Perry, Vice President of Brand and Product Development, JetBlue, said: “Soon every JetBlue customer will step onboard knowing their aircraft is equipped with free, fast Internet and entertainment…our Fly-Fi model has proven that there is a way to offer customers more without adding extra costs to their travel.” Earlier this year, even prior to completing installation of its Wi-Fi service in its A320 aircraft, JetBlue’s Wi-Fi service was ranked the best of any U.S. or Canadian airline.



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