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Tempers flare as legroom in planes shrinks

Airlines use thinner seats and squeeze in more rows to keep fares low
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 06:00
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To gain a little more space, airlines are turning to a new generation of seats that use lighter materials and less padding, moving the magazine pocket above the tray table and even reducing or eliminating the recline in seats - PHOTO: AFP

[NEW YORK] Flying coach can be a bruising experience these days. Rory Rowland said he was rudely rebuffed after he asked the person in front of him not to recline his seat on a red-eye flight. When he later got up to use the bathroom, and the other passenger had fallen asleep, "I hip-checked his