Congress Rejects Bill to Increase Legroom on U.S. Aircraft

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 February 2016
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DSC_0664The U.S. House of Representatives voted down an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill that would have required to provide more legroom for passengers on airplanes

Sponsored by Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, the bill, dubbed the Seat Egress in Air Travel, or SEAT, Act, was rejected by the House Transportation Committee by a 26-33 vote last week.

In introducing the bill, Cohen tried to make the case that it wasn’t “just a matter of comfort,” but rather about “safety and health.”

The average seat pitch has declined from 35” prior to the deregulation of the airline industry in the 1970s to 31”, Cohen said, and average seat width has been reduced to 16.5” from 18”.

The congressman plans to reintroduce the measure as a standalone bill.

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