Seat standards may be coming to U.S. airlines

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Airline seat sizes may be getting regulated, after years of shrinking legroom, passenger complaints, and safety concerns.

Non-profit group Flyer Rights claims plane seats have been narrowing since the early 2000s. Seat width has gone from 18.5 to 17 inches, while the distance between seat rows have gone down to between 28 and 31 inches from an average of 35, as airlines sacrifice space to increase the number of seats, Bloomberg reports.

Some are concerned that cramped cabins may impact passenger evacuation during an emergency, which should take only 90 seconds.

To address this, a provision in the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Bill requires the agency to set minimum seat-size standards, and to do so within the year. This is expected to greatly improve passenger wellness, and maybe help reduce air rage incidents, since people aren't feeling as cramped up or claustrophobic.

But experts say airlines intent on cutting costs could do so by reducing padding or taking out standard features like tray tables. Alternatively, they could also raise prices.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of shrinking airplane seats, increase in number of seats on board
2. Depiction of 90-second standard for deplaning during emergencies
3. Depiction of FAA setting minimum seat size
4. Depiction of consequences of minimum seat size

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Non-profit group Flyer Rights claims the width and pitch of plane seats have been narrowing since the early 2000s, with airlines sacrificing space to increase the number of seats."

"Some are concerned that cramped cabins may impact passenger evacuation during an emergency, which should take only 90 seconds."

"To address this, a provision in the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Bill requires the agency to set minimum seat-size standards, and to do so within the year."

"But experts say airlines intent on cutting costs could do so by reducing padding or taking out standard features like tray tables. Alternatively, they could also raise prices."


SOURCES:
USA Today, Bloomberg
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2018/07/15/airline-seat-standards-government-regulations-coming/777040002/
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-03/airline-seat-sizes-don-t-need-regulation-for-safety-faa-says