Adam Kinzinger

Proposed law tells airlines: We need our seat space

Proposed law tells airlines: We need our seat space

Every time I have to squeeze into a super-tight airline seat or twist and turn my way down a jam-packed passenger row, I think: There ought to be a law against cramming us together like peas in a flying pod.

Obviously, I am not alone in my frustration. But now there's a possibility — albeit a remote one — that Congress will pass a measure mandating how big airline seats have to be, as well as how much space there is between rows.

The bill, introduced this month in the House and Senate, uses the snappy title of SEAT, which stands for Seat Egress in Air Travel. A powerful Washington, D.C.-based airline lobbying group whose roster includes the Chicago area's largest carriers —...

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