United Airlines mulls less space for vacation-goers


OREGONLIVE.COM: The air-travel company is exploring using a “high-density Boeing 777” for flights headed to Hawaii or Europe.

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OREGONLIVE.COM: The air-travel company is exploring using a “high-density Boeing 777” for flights headed to Hawaii or Europe.

This change would mean more than 100 additional seats on the plane, bringing the total up to 364. It would put United in line with American Airlines’ Boeing 777 configuration. “We evaluate lots of options across our fleet and haven’t made any further announcements specific to the 777 fleet,” a United spokesman told The Guardian newspaper.

The comfort provided by airline seats has recently led to passengers coming up with “hacks” to make life even more pleasant during their travels. Last fall, a United passenger’s use of the “Knee Defender” — a product that prevents the person in the seat in front of the user from reclining — caused a brouhaha that went viral. The airline had to divert a flight from Newark, N.J., to Denver because a fight broke out between the Knee Defender user and the wannabe recliner he blocked from reclining. The police and the TSA investigated, but ended up calling the incident “a customer-service issue.”

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