Why Bigger Planes Mean Cramped Quarters. A Paradox.

The incredible shrinking airplane.

Popular Science
Aug 22, 2018 · 11 min read
Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP/Getty Images

By Ryan Bradley

The flight was typical: It was full, getting to my seat took forever, and, once I did, the overhead-bin space had run out. So I shoved my backpack under the seat in front of me, where my feet should have gone. I was in the middle — row 31, seat E, American Airlines flight 2070…

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