Between the seat wars of 2014 and the ongoing push (literal push) by airlines to cram more seats onto airplanes, one thing's for sure: less space is inevitable. But with little room comes great responsibility -- which makes you wonder, are all these extra seats still safe?
Last Tuesday, a meeting of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP) was held to discuss just that. The lack of space on planes isn't just a problem for your legroom -- now it's a government concern. Here come the feds with their measuring tapes.
As airlines push the limits of what's physically possible to lower prices, the Department of Transportation has deemed it necessary to investigate and determine whether it needs to regulate the seating standards further. During the recent meeting on the subject, the DOT committee weighed health and safety concerns against economic and cost concerns, hearing from a number of experts on each topic.
At the start of the hearing, Charles Leocha, Travelers United Member and the consumer representative on the committee, pointed out there are specific guidelines to ensure dogs and horses have enough space on planes, but no guidelines for actual human beings exist. Who's in charge of this stuff, anyway?