AA Flight Attendants Agree: the 737 MAX Bathrooms Are Too Small
January 22, 2018 -By JT Genter
I had the honor of flying American Airlines' first revenue Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight from Miami (MIA) to New York LaGuardia (LGA) on November 29. To get the true economy-class experience, I bypassed choosing an extra-legroom Main Cabin Extra seat, snagging a window seat in the back of the plane.
My plans were almost foiled by an upgrade at the gate — even though I had asked to be manually removed from the upgrade list at booking — but I managed to make a last-minute trade with a thrilled passenger in seat 26A.
While there were initial concerns about legroom due to the 30-inch pitch of AA's newest aircraft — after the original plan to install the seats just 29 inches apart was scrapped — it turned out that legroom isn't really the problem with AA's 737 MAX. Neither were the slimline seats; I had no problem from the lack of cushioning on this three-hour flight. And, the debate can continue whether AA is "forward-looking" or just "cheap" in its decision to not install in-flight entertainment screens.
The 30-inch pitch means I had to type on my laptop with my elbows against the back of my seat:The real problem: there's simply no space anywhere on the aircraft.
I've stayed in Japanese capsule hotels and flown economy flights in 10-wide Boeing 777s. Neither felt as claustrophobia-inducing as the American Airlines 737 MAX. And, that's not...