American Airlines' fleet of planes are renowned for their extravagant interior design, which pampers passengers with an almost obscene abundance of legroom. Their aircraft—nay, their Floating Palaces—are verily the zenith of luxury aviation; traveling with American, whether in Coach or Business Class, is often compared to being cradled on your own private cloud, with so much room to spread out that one often feels a little lonely! So it comes as some relief that the airline will be bringing its community of passengers a little closer together by adding more rows of seats.
"We expect to add seats to the 737 and MD-80 fleets, but we haven't yet determined the right number of seats," says Lauri Curtis, the airline's vice president of flight services, in a letter to the airline's flight attendants. Add as many as you want Lauri, there's always room for one more! In fact, since American's seats have a habit of becoming dislodged mid-flight and tipping backward, you might as well cram as many in as possible, you know, for support.
The additional rows of seats will legally require the airline to pay for an extra flight attendant on board, so in order to make it profitable, at least two more rows will have to be added, according to Michael Boyd, an airline consultant with Boyd Group International. But Boyd—who as chairman of his own international consulting group probably hasn't flown Coach since the Carter administration—adds, "Is this going to improve comfort? Not on a bet. Is it going be worse? Not necessarily." Riiiight. And if not, a pair of noise cancelling headphones is perfect for drowning out the bleating from that human trash compactor hidden beyond the First Class curtain.