One strong voice from the government was raised in the matter of “the incredible shrinking airline seat.” More and more flight companies decide plane restructuring. Almost all of them consist of a smaller legroom and additional seats. As a consequence, the incremental demand for plane tickets is met with uncomfortable conditions. Therefore, a prestigious U.S. court demanded aviation regulators to take the necessary measures to overturn this situation.
Flyers Rights Filed Lawsuit for Aviation Regulators to Address the Concerning Plane Issues of Cramped Space for Passsengers
On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. took a stand against the raising cramped issues that all passengers have to deal with nowadays. Therefore, this authority asked those in charge to instate minimum standards regarding the space in which each passenger has to make themselves comfortable for the entire flight.
Judge Patricia Ann Millett spoke on behalf of all three judges in the panel. She dubbed this issue as “The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.” She underlined a growing problem for the United States. While there are more Americans than ever who can tap into airline services, the seats and spacing between them are getting narrower than ever.
Therefore, the court ruled in favor of a nonprofit advocacy group, Flyers Rights. The agency imposed the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate restrictions in order to avert serious safety hazard for all airline passengers.
The legroom situation quickly took scandalous proportions when several national carriers announced additional seats per plane. For instance, American Airlines intends to shrink the space between rows and leg room to 30 inches. These changes would allow increasing their clients per flight to the detriment of everyone’s comfort.
Lack of Legroom Can Lead to Fatal Health Cases
Aviation regulators are currently considering that their safety standards are adequate. So far, FAA refused to make the necessary changes naming obscure tests that were based on undeclared parameters. However, the court made a reference to this weak alibi stating that it would no longer tolerate such shaky records.
Smaller legroom than before in combination with a larger number of passengers can undermine any operation for emergency exit. On top of that, the safety hazard extends to the health department as well. A lack of moving space can lead to more risks of deep vein thrombosis. These are cases of blood clots in legs that can be fatal.
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