orgtheory and elizabeth berman in the LA Times

The LA Times has an article expanding on Elizabeth’s post on airline inequality:

Over at the blog and Crooked Timber, sociologists Beth Berman and Kieran Healy spin a couple of neat fantasias about how today’s cabin configurations match up with income inequality in society at large. Their findings hit us where we live, having just completed a 12-hour flight from Asia in United Airlines steerage. (Preliminary finding: You can book an aisle seat and board with a neck pillow, noise-reduction headphones, and a fully-stocked Kindle, and it’s still a killer flight.)

Berman calculates that in the usual configuration for a United transatlantic flight on a Boeing 777, the richest (or highest-paying) passengers account for 21% of those on board and take up 40% of the place; the mid-level (Business Class) comprises 27% of the passenger list and takes up 20%, and the bottom 52% get 40% of the space. As in real life on the ground, the middle gets squeezed the most.

Check it out!

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Written by fabiorojas

December 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Posted in fabio, inequality, sociology

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  1. nice work!



    December 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  2. Cool! Thanks for the link, Fabio.

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    December 3, 2014 at 2:17 am

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