Congress may require more legroom on planes

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    The federal government has no business intervening in this. This is not their role nor is it within their purview. The comfort level on planes is based on market forces. People still pay to the buy these seats, so there is simply no reason for the airlines to change anything. Many airlines offer economy comfort seating and first class seating if you want more space. All government intervention will do is drive up the cost of flying for everybody and your lower budget airlines like Allegiant, Spirit, etc. will be less affordable for lower income people to fly. In the end, lower income people will get screwed by these federal regulations and will either have to take less trips or find alternative means of transportation.

    Congress may require more legroom on planes, rules on service animals and involuntary bumping
     
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    This si a bit of a fine line. I agree that the government cant dictate comfort. One must however think of evacuation safety.
     
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    Why? If you don't like the evacuation safety of the airline, don't get on the plane.
     
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    That's a stupid retort. Seats must be far enough apart for safe and efficient evacuation.
     
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    They currently are.
     
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    The government doesn’t have any business in this matter. Fly a different airline if you feel like you’re treated like steerage.
     
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    There is some debate about that. That being said. I agree with your premise that government shouldn't be in the comfort business.
     
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    People in foreign countries will pile 100 people on a school bus too. Doesnt make it right.
     
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    There are also health issues (e.g., DVT) associated with airline seat size.
     
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    Sounds to me like the Interstate Commerce Act would probably apply. If so, yes, it's the responsibility of congress to regulate it.
     
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