‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing

The Washington Post reports:

Congress is considering a freeze on the airline industry’s shrinking coach seats, an unprecedented move that could lead to a more comfortable and humane flying experience. A proposed amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill would direct the federal government to set minimum seat-size standards for the first time, over the airline industry’s objections.

The average distance between rows of economy-class seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. The average width of an airline seat has also shriveled from 18 inches to about 16  1/2 inches.

“Shrinking seats raise safety and health concerns,” said Steve Cohen (D.-Tenn.), who introduced the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act this week.

The full article is here.

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