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.”
As airlines pack seats tighter than ever, the tests supposed to show that passengers can get out alive in a crash are woefully out of date. The FAA won’t make the results public, and a court warns there is “a plausible life-and-death safety concern.”
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.
Apple store tops the list.
The retailing industry has been challenged for the past few years. There are signs that 2012 will not be any different. One key metric used to judge the health of a store is annual sales per square foot. Research company RetailSails recently ranked U.S. stores based on this metric.
United Airlines, the No. 1 carrier at Denver International Airport, says it will require extra-wide passengers who can’t fit into a standard jet-cabin seat to buy a second coach ticket or upgrade to a wider seat on crowded flights. Continue reading… “United Airlines Making Extra-Wide Passengers Buy Two Seats”
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.