Airlines trim seat sizes, weights to boost capacity, reduce fuel costs

Get ready to fly the skinny skies.

Several major U.S. airlines are removing old, bulky seats and replacing them with lighter "slimline" models in an effort to squeeze even more profit out of each flight.

The skinny seats mean an additional five to six passengers can be packed on a plane — but the lost inches won't necessarily be noticed by customers, according to the airlines.

The trimmer, lighter seats have thinner padding that will give people a roomier ride, even though the space itself might have shrunk, the airlines claim.

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