Yes, airplane seats are getting even smaller

It’s not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days.
Southwest Airlines aircraft technicians install newer, skinnier seats on a 737 at the carrier’s headquarters in Dallas on Sept. 23, 2013. (John Mone/AP)

The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slim-line models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane.

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