A US Federal Judge has issued an order for the FAA to evaluate the seat sizes and legroom on US carriers, something that the FAA did not set in a mandate in the previous years after petition for passenger rights group Flyer Rights. This will force the FAA to look into f there is any connection or risk of small aircraft seating in conditions such as deep vein thrombosis.
If the study does conclude that their is a connection resulting in the FAA setting a seat size mandate there would be a global impact on the aviation sector. Revenue would drop as no longer would airlines be able to squeeze as many passengers as they would like into their aircraft, causing the need for more aircraft with less seats to maintain their routes sizes, thus increasing flight prices. While we may all rejoice at this for more legroom the consequences just may outweigh the benefit of this. That is worst case scenario but there will be a major impact on this. We will have to see the results of the mandatory evaluation, which may take a few years to be done.
Another benefit though would be airlines to consider more efficient aircraft to make up for that lose in revenue without trying to affect their demand. This could really push aircraft manufacturers to invest in development of higher efficiency aircraft than what we even see now with the 787, A350, A320neo, and 737 Max.
What are your thoughts on this? Could there be potential consequences to the airline industry if the study was to confirm a connection between seat size and health? If so, what are the pros and cons in your opinion?