FAA Defends Its Decision Not To Limit How Small Seats Can Be On Airplanes

WASHINGTON — Airplane seats have been getting smaller, and the Federal Aviation Administration is okay with that.

In court on Friday, the agency defended its decision to reject a petition for seat size standards. Small seats might be uncomfortable, but the agency concluded that they didn’t present the kind of immediate safety risks that would require action. A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, will decide if the agency presented enough information to back up that decision.

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