Plane seats too small? FAA begins taking public comment on dimensions.

Last week, USA TODAY broke the news that the Federal Aviation Administration will take another step toward establishing minimum dimensions for airplane seats by soliciting public comments on the topic. The agency officially opened the portal for that feedback on Wednesday.

Congress ordered the FAA to study this issue and set a regulation by 2019. Needless to say, that hasn’t quite happened – but the FAA has conducted new evacuation tests, and this public comment period is part of the rulemaking process that could eventually result in minimum dimensions for airplane seats.

While evacuation safety is important, experts say, it’s not the only thing airplane impacted by seat design.

“I think a broader view of injury on flights is needed,” Mica Endsley, government relations chair at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, told USA TODAY. “There are very real injuries that occur from sitting in seats that are not designed for human bodies.”

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