COACH-CLASS PASSENGERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! You have nothing to lose but ... your life? Many of us learned last October of a potentially fatal medical condition known as "economy-class syndrome": deep-vein thrombosis, a circulatory problem caused by immobility. In a timely response to Phil Scott's News and Analysis article "Supersized," Mathieu Federspiel of Corvallis, Ore., writes: "It is incredible that Airbus is planning to build a 1,000-seat airplane. I question the feasibility of loading and unloading 1,000 people en masse. Scott describes the airport infrastructure 'box' that the A3XX must be engineered to fit into. I would like to see the 'box' for passenger seats enlarged a bit, to include some comfort and personal space in its specs." Hear, hear. In the meantime, though, don't forget to get out of seat #999 and stretch your legs.
Located [below] this box (in its full upright position): additional reader feedback to the September 2000 issue.