05/05/2013 09:22 am ET Updated Jul 05, 2013

Striking A Pose Above The Clouds

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No wonder travelers are bent out of shape.

Economy airplane seat width is usually 17 or 18 inches. The average American man's waist is about 40 inches (38 for women), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Need I even mention the sliver of space between your knees and the seat in front you?

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