Continental to charge for more legroom in coach

DALLAS, TX Continental said Wednesday that it will give customers the option to buy the roomier seats beginning March 17.

Prices will vary depending on the length of flight and popularity of the route. A spokeswoman says extra room on a Houston-New York flight might cost $59.

The airline doesn't plan to reconfigure its planes but instead will charge extra for those who want to sit in exit-row seats with at least 7 inches more legroom than the other rows in coach.

Top-level members of Continental's frequent-flier program will be able to claim the exit row without extra charge.

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