7 US Airlines That Have Widest Seats in Economy Class

Whether you're looking to exercise your right to recline or hoping to avoid squashed knees, it pays to pick the right seat. In recent weeks, passenger fights over reclining seats have diverted three flights a Delta flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, a United flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Denver, and an American flight from Miami to Paris. Paying up for extra legroom isn't a cure-all: In two of the three recent incidents, passengers were sitting in such premium seats. To avoid a tight squeeze and avoid paying expensive additional charges for extra space Insidermonkey experts made a list of 7 US airlines that have widest seats in economy class.

Airlines are cramming more seats on planes, which means less legroom and narrower cushions. Last week, lawmakers proposed the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act. If passed, the FAA would have to come up with standards for airlines’ seat sizes. In the meantime, it helps to know what you can expect from airlines. In a statement, Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) explained that the average distance between rows of seats has dropped to about 31 inches from 35 inches in the 70s, before airline deregulation. The average width of a seat, he says, has decreased to 16 ½ from 18 inches. You can also check out our list of 10 best airlines to fly international economy.

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