You may finally have enough room to actually cross your legs during future airline flights.
The U.S. Congress recently announced that they are considering taking action against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for allowing airlines to cram passengers into seats with less and less legroom.
An organization called FlyersRights has led the way, filing a lawsuit against the FAA and demanding a larger space allocation for each seat on a plane. The group argues that tight seating could be a dangerous hinderance for passengers in case of an emergency.
FlyersRights staff attorney Andrew Applebaum told NBC News: “Over the last 20 years the average American passenger has grown taller and larger and that makes it more difficult for passengers to evacuate from the airplane.”
Despite pressure from the advocacy group, however, the FAA recently issued a response to the court challenge stating that there was not enough research to mandate minimum seat space.
The amount of seat space for an economy flight from seat-back to seat-back previously averaged about 35 inches – but now as a means of fitting more passengers onto planes, some airlines have decreased the space to as low as 28 inches, and it may be enough to spur Congress to put their foot down.
According to USA Today, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have agreed that passengers ought to have a right to expect adequate seat space—for comfort and for safety.
Mandating a standard seat space is just one proposal that is being reviewed for a new FAA funding plan that was published by lawmakers this week. Other proposals include ensuring that flight crew members are given at least 10 hours of rest between their shifts; blocking airlines from bumping passengers off of overbooked flights if they have already boarded the plane; and improving the standards for traveling service animals.
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