Dangerous Seats?

Crammed into airline economy class, you may be risking blood clots. Here's what you can do

This hasn't been a great year for the airline industry--or for the millions of travelers who have been delayed, stranded and otherwise mistreated. But the latest airline-travel woe hits passengers right where they sit: in those notoriously cramped seats. Not only are modern airline-seating arrangements woefully lacking in legroom, some believe they also may even be deadly in certain circumstances. Three passengers are suspected of having succumbed in the past month to complications stemming from sitting too long in cramped airline seats.

Headline writers are calling it "the economy-class syndrome," underscoring the striking difference between the legroom in first- and business-class...

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