Spirit Airlines Installs 'Pre-Reclined' Seats

Spirit Airlines is being criticized for installing seats that don't recline on its newest planes. According to the Sun Sentinel, the fixed upright seats will allow Spirit to squeeze in more passengers, and save money because non-reclining seats are cheaper.

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And today's last word in business comes courtesy of Spirit Airlines. The word is pre-reclined. Pre-reclined - that's what the budget carrier is calling the seats on two of its new aircraft. Now that may sound like a comfortable way to fly, but in reality, according to Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper, the seats do not recline at all.

These pre-reclined seats are actually fixed upright seats, which will allow Spirit to squeeze in more passengers and save on costs because non-reclining seats are cheaper. They're no moving parts, less maintenance - all of which, a spokesperson says, leads to lower fares.

Spirit Airlines, which recently introduced fees for carry-on bags, has taken the concept of no frills to new heights. Pre-reclined for a non-reclining chair - that's like saying your crashed plane is pre-landed.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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