NO LAW REG­U­LATES HIGH TEM­PER­A­TURES IN AIR­PLANE CABINS

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Ev­ery day, tens of thou­sands of U.S. air­line pas­sen­gers set­tle into their seats, lower the win­dow shades and reach up to twist the air vents with­out the ben­e­fit of some­thing that might do even more to keep them cool: a rule set­ting tem­per­a­ture lim­its in­side the cabin.

Air­lines have their own guide­lines — some al­low the mer­cury to hit 90 de­grees — and fed­eral reg­u­la­tions cover air flow and, gen­er­ally, pas­sen­ger safety and com­fort.

But au­thor­i­ties don’t say how hot is too hot when a plane sits — a fact il­lus­trated this sum­mer when a mother hold­ing her beet-red in­fant had to plead to be let off a broil­ing re­gional jet stuck on the tar­mac at Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Emily France said she and her 4-month-old son, Owen, swel­tered aboard the 50-seat “oven with wings” be­fore they were al­lowed off briefly and then re­boarded. She and the baby even­tu­ally were taken away by am­bu­lance.

The FAA de­clined to com­ment cabin tem­per­a­ture rules. And it ex­pects air­lines to “take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion if a cabin tem­per­a­ture con­di­tion oc­curs on the ground that could po­ten­tially af­fect pas­sen­ger safety.” The As­so­ci­ated Press

AFP file

A 1930s pho­to­graph shows U.S. avi­a­tor Amelia Earhart, who van­ished in 1937 on a globe­span­ning flight.

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