Appeal Court rejects FAA's Refusal to Regulate Airline Seat Size

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had shown no reasonable basis for denying a 2015 petition by the passenger organization FlyersRights.org to institute rulemaking over ever-shrinking seat sizes, the passenger organization said.

The Court remanded the matter back to agency to review the FlyersRights.org petition.

Current safety regulations require that all occupants in a fully loaded airliner be able to evacuate within 90 seconds with half the exits disabled in low light conditions, in order to reduce likely fatalities due to smoke, fire or drowning common crash landings.

FlyersRights.org is the largest airline passenger organization with over 60,000 members. It provides information and expertise to the Government and the public, advocates for airline passenger rights, publishes a weekly newsletter and operates a toll free hotline for airline passengers 877-FLYERS6.