Flying long distances is rarely comfortable. Unless you can afford to fly in first or business class, chances are your flight is spend cramped into a tiny space that is anything but comfortable.
More and more airlines are making the seats slimmer and the space smaller, even though the reaction by an overwhelming number of people is negative, pointing out that they don't like the seats.
Here's the thing: is it really ok for them to do this?
The answer is NO. Why? Because its not safe. Safety tests to make sure that all passengers can evacuate a commercial jet within 90 seconds are done with 31 inches of room in front of the seat. Now, many jets are being outfitted so that they only have 28 inches due to smaller seats and space given.
And that's just wrong.
I'm happy to see that one airline, Southwest, will be changing to a design that actually gives more legroom instead of less in 2016--see it pictures above.