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IN Science & Technology ON 19 Oct, 2016
We all love to travel by Airplanes. The heights, the white clouds, the neverending sky, leave us mesmerized. But besides this, sometimes we feel the little prickle of annoyance when we don't be able to click the perfect cloud shot for our Social Media account.
Have you ever had to crane your neck just to take a glimpse of the shimmer of the skyline from the plane window right next to your seat? It's frustrating when our window seat offers more wall than window.
Well, there's a reason our airplane seat is woefully misaligned with the windows. And yes it has everything to do with the airline greed.
Airplane manufacturers actually plan for seat row positioning which generally lines up with windows. But few of them get partially obscured by the seat backs in front or behind.
Whatever the manufacturer creates; all that changes when an airline buys a plane and wants to increase its profit.
Airlines can decide thier own spacing so there would always be planes where they won't match up.
Airlines cram more seats into the original design only due to competition.
Well, different carriers have different needs, and so, the plane manufacturers give them options for installing multiple tracks on the floor for fixing the seats. This allows the airlines to push the seat rows closer together or further apart.
Now, if the number of seats can be flexible. It boils down to bums-on-seats and getting in more revenue per flight. And due to more competition than their rivals, many of the budget airlines lower ticket prices by squeezing in more seats.
Well, it indicates that misaligned windows aren't a complete loss. It's a small consolation for reduced legroom, but hey! We'll take whatever we can get. Wink.