According to a recent news story, budget airlines are experimenting with so-called "saddle seating" so they can pack more people into an airplane (Click Here).
You sit at an angle, you support yourself with your legs, and you get a whopping 23 inches of leg room--down from the "roomy" 30 inches of most coach seating.
I'm sure hoping this doesn't catch on!
I'm not afraid of flying, but I hate it. It is a giant hassle (getting in and out of the airport, all the security issues, etc.), and now it often takes me a couple of days to recover.
I knew I hit middle-age when the airline seat, the softness or hardness of the hotel bed, along with the pillow I slept on, had as much to do with the success of the trip as anything else. It is hard to speak or do business when your neck is out of whack or your back hurts.
I hate being packed into a small and uncomfortable seat. I hate being told that you can't get up and move around the plane like the good old days. I remember dressing up to fly, eating real food on plates with silverware. Everybody watched the movie.
Remember the lounge upstairs in the second level of the 747? You could hang out there, chat and even play pong. Now that was the way to fly!
No wonder TV evangelists, celebrities, politicians and athletes buy their own jets. Sure beats saddle seating!