In 2018, Congress directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to set a minimum size for airplane seats, in order to ensure that passengers will be able to evacuate aircraft quickly during an emergency. The FAA has not yet established a minimum size but is now re-examining the issue.
As part of its investigation, the FAA has published a request for public comments regarding the “minimum seat dimensions necessary for safety of air passengers” in the event of an emergency evacuation.
The FAA is looking for comments that “address whether, considering the existing regulatory requirements, one or more of the following seat dimensions have or demonstrably could adversely affect the safety of air passengers by delaying the group egress time of an emergency evacuation: Seat width, seat pitch, seat length; and other seat dimensions.”
The agency is hoping to solicit comments from a wide range of passengers, including children, people over 60, and individuals with disabilities.
Unfortunately, the FAA does not want to hear about how cramped and uncomfortable you may find the seats in coach—the request for comments specifies that the agency is not interested in opinions on “matters unrelated to the agency’s determination under section 577, such as how the dimensions of passenger seats might relate to passenger comfort or convenience.”
Comments may be submitted to the FAA online, by postal mail, via hand-delivery, or faxed. Be sure to reference docket number FAA-2022-1001 when writing in. For specific instructions, see the full details at the FAA’s notice posted on the Federal Register.
Written comments must be received by November 1, 2022 to be considered.
You Might Also Like:• SmarterTravel Spotlight: Rio Serrano Hotel & Spa
• Luggage Locks: Should I Lock My Suitcase When I Fly?
• Oprah’s Favorite Things 2023: The 11 Best Gifts for Travelers
• United Airlines Is Changing Its Boarding Process
• The 10 Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.
We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.