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US court says seat size a safety issueA US appeals court panel has said that federal officials must reconsider their decision not to regulate the size of airline seats as a safety issue. In a ruling on Friday, one of the judges called it “the case of the incredible shrinking airline seat”. (www.theguardian.com) More...
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the only way to "regulate" seat size to accommodate more space around the passenger, as well as under the derriere,would be to cut back on the passenger cabin capacity,making the maximum number of seats/passengers, allowed fewer,and thus having a lesser number of seats with more legroom and room around the seat..the companies who "fit" the seats would need to go back to the older versions as well,adding back that extra inch or so lost as the seats have transformed into cardboard covered leather with no reclining room!the lavatories,even on larger aircraft , have never been luxurious nor large,with basically just a potty,a sink and a mirror,and barely room to turn around..i don't think that redesign for a larger lav will come anytime soon..keep in mind that airplanes are considered public transportation, and are not supposed to be the private jet of individuals,even though some of the ad campaigns would like you to feel that way...as a matter of fact,with regard to this issue,there was a program on a few nights ago (I think it was dateline) where this issues was discussed and the person doing the segment, went into an aircraft cabin simulator and showed (with a little video help) how the seat sizes have changed the past few years in coach..he was not a small guy either!!
let's stop talking and do something about it.
The mathematics are clear.... the comfort level is sacrificed no matter what.
joseph..there are only so many seats and so many "averaged size" people that can be accommodated in one of those flying silver tubes called airplanes..airlines are a "for profit" business.and unless they are required by new laws to redo the interiors of all aircraft with fewer and larger seats,the status quo will remain,as will the charges for checked luggage and other things that used to be part of the ticket price,sad to say..
More government regulations fixes everything. Ya, that's the ticket!
They should be addressing the smallnsize if the Lav as well... way to small...