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How small can they go?

This past week, Wed. March 8 to be exact, I was a passenger on Delta fl. 960 from Atlanta to Birmingham, Alabama. Inside the plane's cabin, I was pleased to see a fresh set of seats, new carpet and clean plane plastic, unlike the usual dated, worn to threads environs of most Delta planes. The plane, a B-757, had been "reconfigured" according to sympathetic flight attendants.

They're sympathy was warranted. There was approximately 7 inches of leg space between the leading edge of the seat and the magazine pocket of the forward seat. Now I'm not a big guy, 5'10", but I was jammed in seat 8D. I looked at the guy in 8C and found him laughing in the same disbelief. Not much you can do but wonder what thread of Delta management decision-making led to the opinion that its customers wanted less, not more space. In fact, my cynical self thought that Rhett Butler was employed there telling his minions, "Frankly, my dear,I don't give a damn."

For a fleeting moment I thought about using the old lap-top computer, but then reasoned that the guy (it's always a guy--a big guy) who would sit in front of me would have the same issue and, more than likely, would make liberal use of his seat's recliner function launching the PC into my chest.

In an age when United and others are giving beleaguer travelers a little space relief, Delta seems to be going the other way. I'm sure Delta has its reasons, reasons that, if asked, will make us see the wisdom of *Project Tuna Can*. The predicted corporate gobbledegook not withstanding...the fact is space was very tight and the flight attendants agreed. So the question is, "How small can Delta go?" I'll worry when Delta announces the employment of Japanese subway packers. Thanks.



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