Air travelers resisting the ‘incredible shrinking airline seat ‘

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Spirit Airlines, at least, is honest about the tight quarters on its planes. “We’re a cozy airline,” it says on its website. “We add extra seats to our planes so we can fly with more people. This lowers ticket prices for everyone, just like a car pool.”

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Airline coach seats are getting even worse

There’s a new low for the long-haul traveler. Airlines are ordering new Dreamliner 787s and Airbus A330s and are asking to have them fitted with 16.7″-wide coach seats. These are planes intended for intercontinental flights — six to 14 hours! — and they’re shaving the armrests, squeezing the seats, and otherwise cramming in passengers. The airlines say it’ll all be OK — they’ll just distract you from your terrible circumstances with big meals and TV.

 

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High Speed Tracking Techniques Help U.S. Swim Team

High Speed Tracking Techniques Help U.S. Swim Team 

  Special device built to analyze a swimmer’s thrust (triangular structure, right) can help swimmer’s stroke.

Around the time that the swimwear company Speedo was calling on NASA scientists to help create the now famous LZR Racer suit–an enhanced skin that many people credit for more than a dozen world records broken by swimmers so far this week in Beijing–a scientist in New York began working on a different tool for the swimmer’s armory.

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