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Airplane Makers Squeeze Even More People on Board

If you've ever sat in coach and thought that another person couldn't possibly be squeezed onto the plane, you've underestimated the ingenuity of the aeronautical industry when it comes to making you uncomfortable. Airbus, makers of the A380—currently the largest passenger plane lumbering through the skies—has revealed a new configuration that can cram 11 people into the same row.

In economy class, the new seating plan features a central section of five—count 'em, five—seats (instead of the previous four), flanked by aisles and two sets of three seats. Which means all the starting offensive players for the Denver Broncos could sit in the same row. 

Airbus says the change would help airlines maximize profits by packing another 23 passengers into economy class.