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FAA should bar airlines from reducing leg room -6 Democratic senators

Good move..! U.S. senators urged FAA to prohibit airlines from further reducing the size and legroom of airplane seats.

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On Tuesday, -6 Democratic U.S. senators urged the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit airlines from further reducing the size and legroom of airplane seats.

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The senators, who included Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, and Ron Wyden, claimed that airlines have been shrinking seat sizes since at least the 1990s, with seat pitch, which determines leg room, falling from 32 inches to 28 inches and seat width from 19 inches to as little as 16 inches (41 cm).

The senators wrote to FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen, “We urge the FAA to thoroughly review the safety factors affecting seat pitch, width, and length and ensure that such safety factors take into account the entirety of the American public, including children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and others.

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We request that the FAA immediately forbid any decrease in the size, width, or pitch of airplane seats, the amount of legroom per seat, or the width of such planes’ aisles until a final rule is issued.

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