Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. has ruled that the F.A.A. must address the issue of the “incredible shrinking airline seat.” A petition was raised by Flyers Rights in 2015 who claimed that the average seat had narrowed by an inch and a half since the early 2000s. The group also claimed that the average American man and woman had grown significantly larger; since 1960, adult men are 25 pounds heavier and adult woman 24 pounds.
Flyers Rights claim that shrinking seats and larger passengers could lead to health concerns such as deep vein thrombosis, which is a potentially fatal condition caused by a blood clot due to cramped conditions. In response, the F.A.A. said in a statement that it was “studying the ruling carefully and any potential actions we may take to address the court’s findings.”