The news is getting big headlines, pardon the pun, but what should garner equal attention is the fact that economy-class seating is not growing to accommodate the increasing girth - and height - of Americans.
United is no exception. If the carrier was to make seating in the back of its aircraft any tighter, I assure you that this slender - but very tall - Runway Girl's knee-caps would be digging deeply into the seat of the passenger in front of me.
Which begs the question, if seat pitch gets any snugger, will airlines start forcing tall people to buy Economy Plus or get off the bus?
If you'd like to know how much leg room you're going to have on your next flight, I urge you to check out AirValid's new airline information and seat comparator web site.
You can compare and contrast up to four airlines at a time. Plug in the US legacies and you'll see that they are largely thinking on the same wavelength in that they don't facilitate anyone with a bit of leg length.
Will that change any day soon? Fat chance!