FAA Under Fire For Airplane Seat Tests
ADVOCATES AND LAWMAKERS SAY FAA SEAT SIZE TESTING DOES NOT REFLECT REAL-WORLD PASSENGERS
(CNN) – Many travelers cheered last year when congress forced the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate if shrinking airplane seats are safe.
But now, some are calling foul on how it is being done.
The FAA is currently testing whether passengers can safely evacuate a modern airplane within 90 seconds.
According to the Washington Post, more than 700 people 18 to 60 years old are participating in those drills.
Consumer advocates and one congressman say the testing doesn’t reflect real-world conditions, because none of the participants are children or disabled.
The drills also don’t include animals, even though many people now fly with pets or service animals.
The FAA has not responded to the criticism.
If the agency determines passengers can not evacuate effectively, it could require bigger seats.