Steven Heller Contrasts Slave Boats With Airliners

Steven Heller presents an interesting comparison. Unless you’re flying business class, space on airplanes is more than a little cramped. When the person sitting in front of you puts his seat down and there is little to no room to put your legs, that’s when it becomes clear that space on airplanes is anything but sufficient. This curious analysis contrasts slave ships to airliner layouts with striking similarities.

By placing photos of both the layout of a slave ship vs. the layout of an airplane side by side, writer Steven Heller proves an unnerving point. The space that many passengers pay up to a thousand dollars for is not much better than the cramped quarters African slaves were forced to endure on their way to the Americas. These airliner layouts comparisons makes one think whether a thousand dollars is slightly overpriced when it comes to plane tickets.