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How much space do you really get when you fly?

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on September 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 17 at 7:03 PM

You may have seen this week that the FAA is considering approving some new airline seats that would make more room for passengers.

The seat is called “The SkyRider”. You can see video of it here. It looks almost like a saddle seat and they are squeezed in there so tight I’m amazed people can even walk in to get seated. There's as little as 23 inches between seats.

The company that makes them says they would only add the seats on shorter flights and it could cut the cost of tickets by as much as 30 percent.

If you’ve ever wondered how much room each airline provides there’s a terrific site that will show it to you called Seat Guru.com. It will also show you which seats offer you the most legroom.

Most airline seats are between 16 inches and 18 inches wide and from the back of the seat to the one in front of you can vary between 30 to 33 inches.