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Seats in coach was just as tight in the 70's!

Seats in coach was just as tight in the 70's!

Old Jan 31st, 2008, 01:38 PM
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Seats in coach was just as tight in the 70's!

I've read many people say pitch in economy was more in the old days. Well, let's take a look at this picture of a Qantas 707 in 1974. Is that actually better than Continental's 757 today?

www.airliners.net/open.file?id=1322612&size=L

And I am 100% sure that the overhead bins were smaller in the 707 in that photo.
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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 01:49 PM
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One more:

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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 04:42 PM
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The overhead bins do look smaller but it's hard to tell about the seats.

All I know is the seats are tighter today than in the 70's because my a$$ is bigger today than it was in the 70's.
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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 09:22 PM
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there actually does seem to be a lot more space in BETWEEN the seats- look at the space between the head rest area. you could fit a toddler in there! today, they're pretty crammed together.
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But the wine was free back then.
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Old Feb 1st, 2008, 04:28 AM
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P_M -

you took the words right out of my ...er mouth.

The depth perception is a little hard for me to gauge in those photos. Actually, my recollection of my first trans-Atlantic flight in '69 was that the pitch was better than now - not a lot, but certainly some.
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Actually Wally, when I began flying across the pond that wasn't necessarily true.

As a matter of fact, amenities offered on intercontinental flights was tightly regulated by an organization known as IATA...it specified everything which was required to be uniform as well as the cost of drinks, what could be put in a meal (the meals were appreciably better, especially in coach...I remember a Pan Am flight (remember them?) from LHR to JFK in coach (as a matter of fact, I was on a youth fare and paid a total of $200 for my round trip (okay1971 US dollars but still pretty good eh) where the meal included a shrimp cocktail with about 6 or 7 shrimp, a healthy slice of roast beef on a plat twice the size as what they serve now, veggies, dessert, whatever but yes, I did have to pay for booze (soft drinks were free)...the first to begin to buck this cartel was Fredie Laker with Laker Airways in the later 70's, no frills, just plain transportation and we all know the horror story of what ultimately happened!
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