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Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Rob Britton
Airlines, Aviation
Airline Seat Size Issue Overblown

Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) recently announced that he planned to introduce an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill mandating minimum sizes for aircraft seat width and pitch (the distance between rows). In February, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) proposed a similar measure. As someone who has worked in and near the airline industry since 1984, my first reaction was “this is classic Capitol Hill silliness.” Taking a closer look, the proposals reflect four shortcomings about how legislators and others in Washington look at commercial aviation.

Airlines, Aviation, Department of Justice, FAA
What’s Really Going on in Airline Pricing and Capacity?

In late June, the Department of Justice confirmed that it was investigating unnamed U.S. airlines (believed to be the four largest, American, Delta, Southwest, and United) for “possible unlawful coordination” on limiting capacity as a means of raising prices.