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Canadair CRJ700

While this post is not car-related, it is travel-related. I had the “pleasure” of flying Delta last weekend. The service was satisfactory, and I had no complaints other than the aircraft used. I normally fly Southwest (because they’re usually cheaper, just not this time) and they use Boeing 737s, which are roomy enough even with my bag under the seat in front of me. Delta used Canadair CRJ700s, which is a smaller jet and boy was it small! It was a flying cattle car with vinyl seats. I’m not a fat person at 5’11” and 160 pounds, but I could not believe how narrow the seats were! There were two seats per side of the airplane with a just as tiny aisle. I imagine that elbow-banging scene from “The Wedding Singer” if I sat in the aisle seat. I probably had two inches of wiggle room between me and the seat’s armrest. The overhead bins were laughably small as well. It was only large enough to carry a standard sized watermelon per person. Everyone who had carry-on luggage that met Delta’s carry-on size requirement (no bigger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″) had to have their bags checked. That is ridiculous! My bag was just a small duffel bag and I had a hard time cramming that sucker into the overhead bin (because it was larger than a standard sized watermelon). To make things worse, I had to keep my bag under the seat in front of me. This intruded into my leg room so I had to keep my legs in the same position for three hours. To make it worse, the tiny seat and the curve of the plane’s cabin did not allow me to spread my legs which just infuriated me. The only time I wasn’t angry about my entire flight was the connection in an Airbus A320 (equivalent to the Boeing 737). Too bad that only lasted about an hour. Next time if I know I’m flying in a CRJ700, I’ll pack my clothes in a watermelon.

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