Flying economy class can be fatal
For those who fly economy class, a recent finding confirms their worst fears: The seats are a death trap. It has been reported that documents from the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have revealed that newer economy class seating sections may not provide adequate room for evacuation during emergency. It comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed in the US by an American non-profit group Flyers Rights, which claims that the average width of standard economy seats is shrinking. Airlines are looking at various innovations to be profitable, which in most cases amount to cutting corners to cut losses. The court felt that the FAA was “relying on outdated studies when arguing that no new evacuation tests were necessary to determine safety standards in more modern, cramped aircraft”. Flyers Rights claims the width of a standard economy seat has decreased from an average of 18.5 inches to just 17 since the early 2000s. It also shows that the space between an economy seat back and the one in front of it has also shrunk, from 35 inches to 31 inches. In the event of an emergency, passengers cannot afford to adopt a bracing position.