The introduction of Judge Patricia Millett’s opinion for the court explains the case:This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.
The Administration denied the petition, asserting that seat spacing did not affect the safety or speed of passenger evacuations.
Circuit tackled an issue of extreme importance to frequent travelers: the size of seats on airplanes.
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.
Paul Hudson and the Flyers Rights group became concerned that this sharp contraction in passenger seating space was endangering the safety, health, and comfort of airline passengers.
unite states gov ordered to resolve ‘Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline chair’
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation authorities were ordered back to the drawing board on Friday to solve what a federal appeals judge called “The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.”
Seat pitch is the distance from one seat to the same spot on the one in front or behind.
The judge rejected the FAA’s argument that seat size was unimportant to getting off the plane in an emergency.
Judge Patricia Millett told the Federal Aviation Administration to take another look at an advocacy group’s assertion that shrinking airline seats are imperiling passenger safety.
Airline seats have steadily decreased in size over the last several decades.
The ‘Incredible Shrinking Airline chair’ Gets an America Court Rebuke
“This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,” Judge Patricia Ann Millett wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.
We are studying the ruling carefully and any potential actions we may take to address the court’s findings.”The long-term impact of the court rules remains unclear.
The agency has no rules on seat width or the distance between rows, relying instead on the evacuation standards.
In a statement last May, the agency said it had already conducted evacuation tests on the smaller seat configurations to ensure they are safe.
In recent decades, the distance between seat rows, known as “seat pitch,” has gone from an average of 35 inches to 31 inches, and as low as 28 inches at some airlines, the group said in the suit.
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