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Airlines May Not Offer Reclining Seats for Much Longer—Because We Can’t Have Nice Things

British Airways will get rid of reclining seats, decrease legroom by one inch.

British Airways passengers will no longer have the option of reclining their seats on flights lasting less than four hours. Which is good news if you’re tired of having your tray table smashed into your stomach. Not-so-great news if you need that extra two centimeters of leg room.

The seats will not be ramrod straight. Rather, the seats will be “pre-reclined at a comfortable angle, meaning that the customers will not have to recline the seat themselves.” (No specifics about this “comfortable angle” have been revealed. Nor about the heavy toll to the passenger in having to press that recline button.)

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