After departing, passengers on Delta Air Lines' domestic flights will notice something different on board this weekend. Perhaps they will be able to sit and relax – but only so far.
Delta announced on Friday that it would reduce the volume of seats by four inches to two in the economy class of its A320, starting on Saturday. But this is not because the airline presses more seats in the cabin – and you may find that it is a good thing. Delta says this is a test to preserve the privacy of passengers.
Ekrem Dimbiloglu, director of the onboard product and Delta's customer experience, told The Points Guy that the reduced slope is an attempt to protect the passengers behind them. Anyone who puts his laptop on a tray while flying, knows very well the woes of sudden worship. Those in the first class will see two inches of the deviation, with the seats moving from 5.5 inches to 3.5.
"It's hard to believe that any airline that takes anything from the passengers today may be a good thing," Scott Mayerowitz, the editorial director of The Points Guy, said in his statement. "But if you take the Delta of your word, it can make a more comfortable flight for some. Anyone who has ever tried to operate on an airplane in order for the laptop screen to slam from the seat in front of them would enjoy the change. "
The change will only take place on A320 planes that carry domestic flights around a country that lasts only an hour or two. Meanwhile, most passengers are up and running instead of leaning back so that the reduced slope may not actually affect many people's flights. It will only show the time.
This story was originally published by Travel + Leisure.