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1141, 21 Dec 16

Busybodies Propose SEAT Act

No. There are some things that may be annoying, but simply are not within the purview of the federal government to regulate.

Congress may be enjoying near record levels of disapproval, but two representatives have reached across the aisle to fight these airborne walls from closing in, announcing this week they will reintroduce the SEAT act, a backronym standing for Seat Egress in Air Travel.

The representatives, Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), argue that this is a safety issue, not just a comfort one. “The airlines will tell you this is merely a consumer issue, not a safety one, and that consumers can vote with their dollars,” said Cohen in an op-ed in USA Today. He says the FAA has not conducted rapid evacuation tests of smaller seats.


1141, 21 December 2016

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