Space for Money Trade Off

Date:         09 May 97 03:29:02 
From:         "P. Wezeman" <>
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"