These Airplanes Are Really %&*!#! Crowded

The major airlines are reporting the most crowded March ever, with more planes flying close to capacity than ever before. From USA Today:

As the big airlines have clawed their way out of the deep financial losses that followed terrorism and recession earlier in the decade, they’ve aggressively moved to fill every seat possible with a paying passenger. In March, spring break vacationers and bad weather jammed even more people than normal into planes.

“The weather impact has been unusual in early 2007,” says Tim Wagner of American Airlines.

Experts see a crowded March as indication that the 2007 peak summer travel season will be especially miserable. Fear the middle seat! SeatGuru has never seemed so useful. —MEGHANN MARCO

Airlines filling more seats [USA Today]