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Does this seat make my butt look big? Airlines shrink legroom

Get ready for a tighter squeeze on your next flight. JetBlue, once known for promoting extra legroom, is the latest airline to shrink the size of non-premium seats to make room for more rows. It also allows the carrier to make more room for those willing to pay extra for space to stretch their legs. “As air travel has become more uncomfortable and crowded, airlines have figured out that some passengers are willing to pay for more personal space, and the airlines are hungry for extra revenue,” explains George Hobica, editor or AirfareWatchdog.com. The New York-based carrier is cutting leg distance from 33 inches to 32 inches in nearly a dozen rows on 53 of its planes. The extra inch adds up to two more rows of seats near the front of the cabin, where first class fliers get 38 inches of legroom. ((continued...))