Sit Tight

The latest way to squeeze more people into planes

Illustration by Heather Jones for TIME

With airlines running at more than 80% of capacity, families have found it increasingly difficult to get seated together on flights. But one industry trend could help: more seats per plane. Airlines have been retrofitting their cabins with lighter, thinner slim-line seats that take up less space, creating room for more seats. The slim-line seats in new B-777s for instance, allow 10 across in the way back. Trendsetting long-haul carriers like Qatar Airlines are going nine across in the new 787 Dreamliner, according to Business Traveller. That's one more than was originally configured, meaning dozens of additional seats. Air France was...

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