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Biggest Headlines of 2009: Airlines Could Jam 50% More Passengers on Planes

It seemed airlines and consumers were constantly at odds this year — air carriers looked for new ways to make a profit in a sluggish economy, while the rest of us set out on a mission to find cheaper tickets. A possible solution came in the form of a new seating design when British company Design Q announced a concept that it estimated would allow for a 50 percent increase in the number of passengers on board by seating customers in rows that face each other. The idea drew a mixed reaction from most of you, though it seems there's a general consensus on one key point: these flights should be kept short, real short.

What else wowed us this year? Check out some of the biggest headlines of 2009 and cast your votes in my Best of 2009 polls!

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