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British Airways seats to shrink as airline squeezes more passengers into Boeing 777s

British Airways seats to shrink as airline squeezes more passengers into Boeing 777sBritish Airways passengers will be squeezed into narrower seats, after the beleaguered airline said it will add an extra passenger space into economy rows on some aircraft. This week the company unveiled its ‘make-over’ for World Traveller section on its Boeing 777 long haul fleet flying from Gatwick Airport. But although BA announced ‘elegant new seats’ with entertainment screens that are 50 per cent larger, they failed to mention that economy passengers will be sitting in spaces that are nearly 10 per cent smaller. The World Traveller section will now contain 10 seats per row, instead of nine, moving from a 3-3-3 formation to a 3-4-3 design, which according to industry experts, will bring the size of long haul seats down by 1.5 inches. A diagram showing the changes  Credit: British Airways  British Airways  refused to say what the new size of seats would be, but when its part-owner Qatar Airways ‘densified’ its own 777 economy seats, their width shrank from 18.5 inches to 17. Experts said the move, which adds 12 more seats into the World Traveller cabin, would make lengthy trips of up to 11 hours more uncomfortable and leave passengers feeling hemmed-in. “The drawback is a combination of physical discomfort and a sense of overcrowding,” said travel writer Simon Calder. The revamped aircraft, which are scheduled to be in operation by this winter, will be flying on routes to Cancun in Mexico, the Dominican Republic resort of Punta Cana and the Jamaican capital, Kingston. There will now be four seats in the middle row of World Traveller  Credit: Nick Morrish British Airways But from next year, all British Airways long haul flights from Gatwick will use the new layout. The announcement is the latest in a series of changes at the airline which is struggling to compete with budget rivals. In January 2017, BA stopped free food on short-haul flights and introduced a range of paid-for Marks & Spencer sandwiches and snacks, to the consternation of passengers. The following March the airline announced it was reducing legroom from 30 inches to 20 inches on its A320 and A321 Airbus aircraft. Fresh flowers were also scrapped in the First Class Toilets as well as a complimentary amuse-bouche on boarding. BA announced that screens would become larger, but refused to say how much smaller seats would be Credit: Nick Morrish British Airways  However the company was forced to reintroduce a second hot meal and free snacks on long-haul flights after customer uproar when they removed them last year. Alex Cruz, the head of BA who was brought in from budget airline Vueling to cut costs, admitted that ‘mistakes had been made’ On Tuesday the carrier announced that it was planning to launch no-frills “basic economy” fares on its long-haul flights. The tickets which are expected to be between 10 and 20 per cent cheaper, do not include checked luggage or seat selection and are designed to compete with Norwegian on popular routes to North America. It could mean that the cost of a return flight from London to New York could fall from £468 to between £375 and £420. Travellers can already fly from London to New York over the same dates for as little as £265 with Norwegian. British Airways budget travel “In April 2018, we will be introducing a new long-haul basic economy fare on selected transatlantic routes,” said BA in a statement. “The new fare will give customers a lower price point and more choice.” The airline also announced that travellers in the new 777 World Traveller Plus would enjoy new bespoke lighting to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and wake them in the morning to combat jet-lag. Six hundred million pounds is also to be spent on Club World to improve catering and introduce bedding from The White Company. British Airways has also promised that wi-fi will be available on all flights within the next two years.

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Thousands In Utah Protest Trump Plans To Shrink National Monuments

Thousands In Utah Protest Trump Plans To Shrink National MonumentsMore than 5,000 angry protesters gathered outside the state capitol in Salt Lake City Saturday to rally against Donald Trump’s expected plans to carve up federal public lands in Utah and open up what’s left to drilling and mining.

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Remarkable Dinosaur Finds Threatened By Trump Plan To Shrink Utah Monument

Remarkable Dinosaur Finds Threatened By Trump Plan To Shrink Utah MonumentEnvironmentalists and scientists were rattled this week following a report that President Donald Trump plans to scale back two of southern Utah’s national monuments.

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Team Trump's Plan For America's National Monuments: Shrink Size And Expand Hunting

Team Trump's Plan For America's National Monuments: Shrink Size And Expand HuntingWASHINGTON —Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Friday to greatly expand hunting, fishing and target shooting at America’s protected national monuments and on other public lands.

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3 Ways To Shrink Your Waistline and Go Down a Skirt Size

You may be obsessing over that number on your scale, but it may be just as important to pay attention to the size of your skirt. That’s because a new, buzzy study in the British Medical Journal found that women who gain weight around their bellies from their 20s to their 60s—and thus increase their skirt size—may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.

Belly fat is known to be particularly harmful to your body, perhaps because it’s close to so many of your vital organs. Losing some of it has even been linked to reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease.

Here, three ways you can drop a skirt size—do so and not only will you look and feel great, but you’ll potentially decrease your risk of breast cancer and other diseases. A win-win.

Do more than cardio

A daily run or Zumba class is great for your heart, but just sticking to cardio won’t help your waist much. “You need to do a combination of weights and cardiovascular training,” says Sangeeta Kashyap, MD, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic. Strength training increases muscle mass, which sets your body up to burn more fat. “Muscle burns more calories than fat, and therefore you naturally burn more calories throughout the day by having more muscle,” says Kate Patton, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic.

RELATED: Drop an Entire Dress Size With This Speedy Strength Workout

Pick planks, not crunches

The dreaded crunch won’t be the exercise that beats that stubborn belly fat because you can’t spot reduce fat. Instead, do functional exercises that use the muscles in your core—abdominals, back, pelvic, obliques—as well as other body parts. These exercises use more muscles, so there is a higher rate of calorie burn while you are doing them. Planks are one of the best functional exercises—they activate not just your core muscles but also your arm, leg, and butt muscles.

RELATED: 20 Ways to Do a Plank

Cut your stress

Having too much of it may make it harder for you to drop unwanted pounds, especially from your middle. And it’s not just because you tend to reach for high-fat, high-calorie fare when you’re stressed, though that’s part of it. It’s also due to the stress hormone cortisol, which may increase the amount of fat your body clings to and enlarge your fat cells. And higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more visceral (abdominal) fat.

RELATED: 13 Ways to Beat Stress in 15 Minutes or Less
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