Date: 09 May 97 03:29:02 From: "P. Wezeman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: The University of Iowa
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Suppose that it were possible to move seats on an airliner so quickly and easily that it could be done before every flight. Suppose that the airlines then used this feature to give every passenger as much space as they wanted, and charged them a pro-rated ticket price based on how much space they occupied. For example, if a discount fare was 200 dollars for a seat with standard 34 inch pitch between rows, if you were willing to squeeze into 32 inches they would charge about six per cent less, or $188.00, while if you wanted 36 inches it would cost $212.00. Under these conditions, how would typical passengers choose? How would you choose? Would it depend on the length to the flight? I have heard that there is something of a backlash against the sardine can school of interior design. Peter Wezeman, anti-social Darwinist "Carpe Cyprinidae"