Airline seats: U.S. judge orders FAA to solve shrinking seat sizes amid safety concerns – TomoNews

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. on Friday ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to review claims by advocacy groups that shrinking airline seats have created a potential safety hazard for passengers.

Judge Patricia Millett rejected the FAA’s argument that seat size was not a factor in getting off the plane in an emergency.

“This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat. As many have no doubt noticed, aircraft seats and the spacing between them have been getting smaller and smaller, while American passengers have been growing in size,” Millett wrote in her ruling.

According to advocacy group Flyers Rights, the average width of airplane seats has decreased from 18.5 inches in the early 2000s to 17 inches by 2005. The average seat pitch, meaning the distance between seat rows, has declined from an average of 35 inches to 31 inches, and is even as low as 28 inches on some airlines.

Under the current FAA regulation airlines are free to determine the size and space of seats but the arrangement must allow all passengers and crew to evacuate within 90 seconds.

American Airlines plans to order new Boeing 737 jets with just 29 inches of seat pitch in the last three rows in economy in order to make room for an extra row of premium seats towards the front of the plane, according to the Guardian.

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Foxyguy says:

4:20 that dude is enjoying his chair a little too much. he’s getting hard.

Baylor58 Duncan says:

Here’s a crazy idea, Don’t fly these cattle cars ! After two horrid trips on SW (I have arthritis) I just told the wife we’re going up front on Delta.

Skinnywhitekid Productions says:

My dad works for JetBlue

Alexis An says:

I hate United Airline

welligton oliveira the brazilian says:

Needs grow

Chainsaw E.B. says:

That’s why I go first class!

Richard Roberson says:

a big issue is that to be “non discriminatory” they have to pick seats at random and bully people off….yeah….lord knows theres several bums on that plane would don’t have kids or families who should give up their seats first, not to mention if they don’t “force somebody” they’d have to increase the offer to maximum bid to get somoone off so this route is cheaper…meh

Siti Aisyah Roslan says:

Well lesson learned. NEVER TRUST united airlines or delta

Gargie396 says:

how is United still around?

ItzGravity says:

Well I’m surprised they haven’t declared it as a major safety hazard due to the cramped leg room which could make it difficult to exit the aircraft in a ditching immediately.

9mm says:

I like oman air it does not have any accidents

Super Jimmy bros says:

I guess the airlines don’t want more fat people

Manuel Munoz says:

And these Airlines wonder why the Asian and middle eastern carriers are the way to fly.

The SCREW says:

Stop over consuming food, boom problem solved

Betzayda Brethour says:

Not right at all

drgosda1 says:

first United airlines with ticket mix up now it is a 2 year old to sit on someone’s lap there is a law saying that if the child is 2 years old or younger than they have to sit in a seat even though there is another passenger needing a seat that child has to be in a seeds or else it is A massive safety hazard if the plane was to crash than that child Would go flying across the room


How exactly will people go to the bathrooms in HEXAGON shape seating? THAT is the DUMBEST thing anyone has ever invented for an air flight 🙁

Adrians Li says:

Well i use american airline

Itachi Uchiha says:

Just make the plane larger

KeikiKitsune says:

Anyone have a plan to get dirt rich and get your own jet? lol

Nat Sashikata says:

Delta and United Got it

Congratulations Alexander says:


Johnny Wynn says:

No way I’m flying on these cattle boats haha



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