Thread went into a general discussion of seat with with the initial topic being now only a sidenote, hence thread will be locked.
Which is a generally true statement, but is that the right rationale?
The thread had become mostly a discussion on the comfort of various planes (width, pitch, IFE boxes, Y+, etc) but it was all a ramification of DL's decision to not take the 787 since many find the A330 and A350 to be more comfortable than the 787, and many including myself thing passengers will be making a bigger issue out of comfort levels in the future.
The idea that we should only focus on DL's dropping the 787 itself and not discuss if it is indicative of other trends in the industry seems too narrow minded to me.
I thought it was a pretty well behaved discussion. I felt I was learning from it. I imagine that more traffic for the site's ads were being generated.
I don't think the topic should have been locked.
I think there's a trend here recently to "pre-emptively" lock threads that may or may not eventually cause problems. Am I right about this?
Personally I'd rather see the site err on the side of less locking. The general idea should be to encourage rather than discourage discussions.