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Airlines charging for extra legroom

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Airline passengers who want more legroom on flights might have to pay an extra $100 to get it, an industry watchdog group said.

Some discount airlines also eliminated the seat recline function so they can install additional seats to generate more revenue, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

"If you're a low-cost carrier, you have to look at these moves" to stay price-competitive, said Matt Daimler, founder of, which tracks airline seating information.

Flights where seat rows are spaced farther apart can add up to 2 inches of legroom and passengers who desire the extra space might have to pay as much as $100 for the luxury, the report said.