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Travel The FAA Might Stop Airlines From Shrinking Their Seats

12:51  27 february  2018
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  Will reclining seats on airlines be retired alongside generous legroom? This is the latest move in the ‘airline seat battles.’That’s the airline’s way of saying it is removing the capacity for seats to recline on new aircraft. It announced this week it will redesign seating on 35 new A320neos and A321neos it is adding to its fleet this year, making it the latest airline to enter what has been called the “airline seat battles.” Companies have continued to shrink legroom and redesign cabins, with larger airlines beginning to resemble budget airlines. “The new aircraft will have brand-new seats set to a gentle recline to ensure everyone in the cabin enjoys a comfortable journey,” a spokesman told the Telegraph.

For years airlines have been shrinking legroom for passengers on aircraft and now the Federal Aviation Administration has declined to put a stop to it. The FAA was ordered to address the “case of the incredible shrinking airline seat ” by a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of

The FAA has been reviewing the safety implications of smaller seats and shrinking amounts of leg room. Results are due soon. Subscribe to Fortune

a large air plane flying in the sky© Getty Images If flying for you involves hunched shoulders, damaged kneecaps and the crippling feeling that you're in a game of human "Tetris," the Federal Aviation Administration might be coming to your rescue.

The key word there is "might." The FAA is reportedly close to deciding whether it will regulate how much space passengers get on planes.

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The group Flyers Rights says the average width of an airplane seat shrunk an inch and a half in the early 2000s. And a court found the distance between seats, your legroom, has gone from 35 inches to 31 inches. Some airlines like Spirit and Frontier only offer 28 inches.

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So they might even be roomier than their ancestor chairs, despite being packed closer together. As for evacuations, the FAA said it had looked into the matter, ran its own tests, and all The court was clear that the FAA doesn’t necessarily have to stop seats from shrinking — or even regulate the issue.

The Federal Aviation Administration is required under a new bill to set minimum seat dimensions Air travelers who have been complaining about ever- shrinking airline seats may get some relief in “Congress has missed an historic, once-in-a-generation opportunity to stop gargantuan airlines from

Flyers Rights petitioned the FAA in 2015 to set parameters for seat size and legroom. The FAA said it regulated safety, not comfort, and wouldn't take up the issue. So Flyers Rights took the FAA to court, and last year a federal judge told the FAA to look at setting regulations.

Now the FAA is set to take a stand, though it's not clear when or how it'll decide. In the meantime, the airlines argue thinner, narrower, closer seats are good for their bottom lines and for passengers' wallets. Others say they're uncomfortable and unhealthy.

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Airlines are making it easier for frequent flyers to redeem their travel rewards, as major carriers work harder to keep their most loyal customers happy, according to a seat availability survey released last week. American Airlines showed the biggest improvement, rising from the bottom of the pack to ninth in the annual survey, with members of its AAdvantage program able to book reward seats on more than 82 percent of flights, up nearly 28 percentage points from last year. Overall reward availability for the 25 airlines surveyed increased to 73.6 percent, up 1.2 percentage points from last year."There is a recognition among the big airlines in the U.S.

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