September 05, 2014 - The National Association of
Airline Passengers, a non-partisan, non profit
membership organization has filed a formal
Petition for Rule-making with the FAA to set
standards guaranteeing each passenger adequate
leg, hip, and shoulder room. FAA currently has
no standards limiting how small seats can be or
how tightly they may be placed.
Smaller seats and overcrowded airplanes produce
conditions that are unsafe, uncomfortable, and
unhealthy for passengers and aircrew alike.
Higher density seating and the lack of standards
on seat width, legroom, and seat recline have
led to unnecessary conflict, altercations, and
even flight diversions.
Delta flight from New York
City to West
Flight 2370 was diverted to
Jacksonville, as a result
of two passengers getting into a heated argument
over reclining a seat which lead one of the
passengers involved to state to the flight crew,
"I don't care about the consequences, put this
plane down now."