'Seat rage' the latest airline issue

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WICHITA, Kan. — Some say flying is becoming even more of a hassle than ever as leg room rage becomes a growing complaint among airline passengers.

This week, two planes were diverted with passengers booted off because of disputes involving reclining seats.

On a flight from Miami to Paris, a passenger complained when the passenger in front reclined the seat. It took air marshals to subdue him.

Passengers flying into Mid-Continent Airport are noticing less seating space and some flights in which seats don't recline.

"From Tampa to Houston you couldn't move your seat back but maybe about an inch, way less than you used to be able to. I know people were (rocking) trying to force the issue but the seat wasn't going anywhere. Luckily I'm a small person," said Kim Linquanti from St. Petersburg. "I'm a short person so I can kind of fold in, tuck in."

"It just gets a little frustrating because you can't even move your elbow to move your child or have your child move at all when you're sitting in a seat with no room." Liza Steinkirchner, of San Antonio said. "And every time we fly it keeps getting tighter and tighter it seems."

WSU aviation expert Dean Headley said it's a disaster waiting to happen with two forces going in opposite directions, with passengers getting larger and airline seating smaller. Headley says one-third of the airlines now have seats which don't recline at all.


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