The battle between narrow-body planes and wide-body people

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Airlines trying to squeeze as many people as they can into a narrow-body plane, are being undermined by wide passengers, especially apparent after complaints over new, smaller toilet cubicles on Boeing 737 MAX jets.

Seat pitches (the distance between seats and the angle of the back rest) are being decreased all the time in an effort to cram more flyers onboard. Now that these limits are close to being reached, the only place to find space is the loo.

While the airlines may be responsible for the super-tight seat configurations, the blame for the very small toilet may rest with Boeing, says Popular Mechanics magazine.

According to an LA Times report, the washbasins in the new 737 MAX are so small you can only wash one hand at a time.

Other airlines are now reducing the size of toilets on Boeing 737-800 jets by up to 25 per cent, to the point where one pilot calls the loos “the most miserable experience in the world”, so small you have to back into them.

While many budget US carriers have seat pitches of around 28 inches, Aussie airlines are less stingy, with seat pitches on Jetstar’s A320s and A321s at 29 inches and around 30 inches on B787s.

Tigerair A320s are 28.5 inches, while Qantas A330-200s and Virgin Australia A330-200s are 31 inches.


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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 4
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    They have been ridiculous for some time even for people of normal height and weight. Unless seats are sold with a size restriction posted along side the flight details, people who are taller or bigger than ‘normal’ will get to the boarding gate then be refused access. Or are they going to have size seats at the gate to measure people as they do hand luggage to make sure you can fit in the seat?

  2. 0

    You get what you pay for

  3. 0

    I have a big stomach on domestic flight recently on Qantas and Virgin I was unable to put down the tray table



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