The FAA wants to know how you feel about the size of airline seats. A passenger advocacy group is concerned that the federal government won't take strong enough action when it comes to aircraft seating.

The FAA should set minimum seat standards that accommodate 90 to 92 percent of the population, according to a petition filed this week.

The need for passenger safety in case of an emergency is one of the reasons why the group wants stricter seat regulations.

There is a call for a moratorium on further seat sizeshrinking.

According to the organization, the petition shows that half of adults can't fit in most airline seats.

The study that appears to be related, most centrally, to safety, came more than two months into the FAA's three-month comment period. It is not clear if there will be any new rules related to seat standards.

The FAA has been called for to issue requirements on seats in the past, according to Flyer Rights.

The rulemaking petition filed by the FAA will be considered by the agency. The FAA has six months to make a decision.

Economy seating on board a Boeing 777. SEAN CUDAHY/THE POINTS GUY

Group claims inaction by FAA

The FAA is accused of ignoring a deadline to set minimum standards for airline seating.

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The FAA Reauthorization Act requires the agency to study and take action when it comes to the size of airline seats.

Minimums for seat pitch, width, and length should be established by the FAA, according to section 577 of the act.

The act called for any action to be taken by the fall of 2019.

The FAA doesn't have a minimum size for seating on commercial planes.

The agency began collecting comments on minimum seat dimensions in 90 days. Between now and the 1st of November anyone can weigh in.


Concerns over safety and comfort

In its filing this week, the company acknowledged the need for passenger safety in the event of an evacuate or crash landing.

The organization pointed to the potential for deep vein thrombosis in flyers while on board, as well as comfort and intrusion into personal space, as concerns worsened by what they called "shrinking" airline seats.

In economy class, the pitch is usually 30 to 31 inches.

The comfort factors should be taken into account when considering the size of seats. As of now, the FAA is likely to focus more on safety and less on comfort.

The agency would be responsible for setting minimum-sizing requirements that are necessary for the safety of passengers.

When the agency began collecting comments about seat size this summer, it noted the request for comments was related to the safety of air passengers.

If the federal government wanted to mandating seat size, the U.S. airlines would probably oppose it.

Bottom line

Years after a federal act called for action on the issue of airline seat size and standards, the FAA is taking a look at the issue. The main focus is on safety. Air passenger advocates are concerned that any future rules will not go far enough.

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