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Why are aircraft seats sometimes not aligned with windows?

Atheer – External Sources

Often in passenger aircraft some of the rows of seats are not aligned with the windows. A report by Business Insider addresses the fact that there are financial reasons behind this.

Airbus manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus make recommendations regarding the alignment of seats and windows, but for the airlines the primary concern is increasing passenger capacity as much as possible.

With airlines focussed on increasing revenue, all they are ultimately concerned with is reducing the space between each row of seats to accommodate more passengers.

According to the report, the area allocated to passengers’ legs on board dropped from 89 centimetres in 1975 to 78.7 centimetres in 2015. The average seat width also dropped from 45.7 centimetres to 40.6 centimetres across the same period.

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