Pressure group in new battle with airlines on seat sizes

New moves are afoot to force airlines to accept new seat width standards instead of the policy of continually reducing them in size.

You have the right to remain upright. Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0

A new group is calling for a standard seat size to be mandatory for all airlines Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0 Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0

A group representing passengers on planes – FlyersRights.org – are trying to ensure the fight for space is in their favour by creating a petition calling on carriers to desist from future shrinkage.

Cabin crew have to negotiate their way around a plane where the emphasis is on getting more seats on board to increase the financial returns for airlines

Cabin crew have to negotiate their way around a plane where the emphasis is on getting more seats on board to increase the financial returns for airlines Image by Austrian Airlines / CC BY 2.0

The Los Angeles Times reports that there has been massive support for their call, with more than 30,000 signatures already secured.

The petition, which was lodged with the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta, requests a cessation in making shorter and narrower seats with less room for passengers’ legs. The new petition also seeks the immediate appointment or a panel of experts to decide on a future standard seat size.

This is aimed at changing the current position where there is no designated legroom requirements on commercial flights while the same applied for both comfort and width considerations.

At present, the only requirement from carriers is to provide travellers sufficient room to get to an emergency exit within a minute and a half. The FlyersRights.org group claim that the reduction in space is damaging to passengers.

However an umbrella group for the carriers – Airlines for America – has opposed the recent petition. They say it should be market forces and not governments that regulate seat sizes on airplanes.

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