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Needle Found in Air Canada Sandwich, WestJet to Offer 'Premium Economy' Seats
Oh, Canada

Oh, Canada. An Air Canada passenger reportedly found a sewing needle in a pre-packaged sandwich, on a flight from Victoria to Toronto. 

The airline, which uses many different caterers, is working with the police to investigate. A few weeks ago, a passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight discovered sewing needles in a turkey sandwich, while flying from the U.S. to the Netherlands. The two incidents are not known to be connected. 

Meanwhile, Air Canada rival WestJet Airlines Ltd. will offer a new section of ‘premium economy’ seats in the first our rows of its planes, starting in December 2012.

The lucky travellers will earn an extra 36 inches of leg room in the pitch, an industry term referring to the distance between the seat in front of you and the back of your seat. WestJet will begin reconfiguring the seats later in August. 

“As part of this initiative, WestJet will also standardize the seat pitch for the remaining rows on all aircraft to 31 to 32 inches, bringing its seat pitch in line with North American competitors,” the Calgary-based carrier said in The Globe and Mail on Wednesday.

Currently, WestJet offers an average seat pitch of 32 inches on its Boeing 737-600s and 737-700s, and two inches more on its Boeing 737-800s. With the purchase of a ‘premium economy’ seat, customers will also receive priority boarding and complimentary on-board amenities. 

Point, WestJet.

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