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Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanesThe Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. (www.yahoo.com) More...
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I hope they look at the dangers of deep vein thrombosis aggravated by tighter seating
The lack of leg room on long haul aircraft is the prime reason I detest flying overseas these days. I'm only 6'1" and find it very uncomfortable so I can only imagine how bad it is for taller people.
Let's address handicap peoples needs for extra room.. and the size of average Americans.
Would be great for Congress to take up this issue, but Congress is driven by big money (Political) and the Airline Industry has huge amounts of Political Money. Study's have shown that Seat Pitch minimums needs to be addressed. Congress will be on the side of the Money so I do not see this issue being addressed.
I have 21 trillion reasons to think Congress ought to spend their time taking aim at shrinking the federal deficit. Besides, those are the same people who said deregulation would solve everything-fast forward to the present day where 4 companies control 80% of the routes in this country.
Seat width and pitch are health and safety issues, something well within the proper realm of a regulatory agency in a vibrant capitalist economy. Requiring wider seats to reflect the growing waistlines of passengers and increased pitch to avoid DVT and similar issues, plus assuring passengers can have a strong chance of evacuating an aircraft in the terror and confusion of a major accident seem very reasonable goals—and what a responsible agency would seek.
Government agencies do not function like private enterprise. See “Bureaucracy” by Ludwig Von Mises to understand why we in the private sector have expectations in conflict with the structure and authorities of an agency. Short answer for here: In general, Agencies need the cover of their supervising body (Congress here) to take any controversial action.