British Airways to axe reclining seats on some flights

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British Airways has found a new way to cut ticket prices - but it's come at the cost of comfort.

The airline will fit its new fleet of 35 planes with non-reclining seats in economy class this year.

The company says it's only for short-haul flights less than four hours - but that could still be as far as to North Africa.

The seats will be set to a "gentle recline", a seating configuration often found on budget airlines, as it is less expensive.

However not everyone will be upset about the change. It also means passengers can't take up the leg room of the person behind them, or recline while the person behind them is eating a meal.

A spokesperson says the changes will also allow the airline to "offer more low fares to customers".

"We are installing at-seat power throughout the aircraft and will soon offer on-board Wi-Fi.

"The new aircraft will have brand new seats set to a gentle recline to ensure everyone in the cabin enjoys a comfortable journey."

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