Those flying out of any airport in Nebraska are usually packed into that plane like a can of sardines. Congress could discuss a bill soon that would set standards for seat width and leg room to make flying a more pleasurable experience.
Aviation Analyst Jay Ratliff says says this is a good deal for all flyers. Ratliff says, “This is basically a deal with the FAA saying we will give you this five year reauthorization bill regarding funding and things but within this there are some things you must do. One being addressing the seat sizes on aircraft to try to establish a minimum requirement for seat side. Of course (now) the seats are getting less wide. We are seeing what we call a reduction in pitch, which is distance between rows.”
Ratliff says right now airlines dictate to the FAA instead of the other way around and that needs to change. If you think quarters are tight right now, just wait. The next generation of planes of one airline plans to reduce the size of the lavatory by 25 percent so they can squeeze in an extra row of seats.
Ratliff says in this bill, the FAA has been given a bill to address space. He says this will be a difficult task because if a minimum seat size is established with the same rules stand for a plane that holds 50 passengers or 350.
Ratliff says it appears now the FAA is a reactionary agency that does what the airline tells them instead of the other way around. He says this legislation is good news for all flyers as airlines will never expand passenger personal space on their own. He calls planes “silver revenue tubes”. In fact, one airline is looking at reducing their lavatory size by 25 percent in their next generation of planes to make room for another row of seats.