Regular passengers aren’t the only ones who have issues with the way economy seating in planes is set up—even the president of a flight attendants union has likened the economy cabin seating to torture chambers, saying there’s no way it would be feasible to evacuate passengers during an incident of any kind.
On Wednesday, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants Lori Bassani spoke to the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee at a congressional hearing in an effort to change problems with the FAA’s standards and procedures. And just like all of us, she wasn’t happy about the seats, likening flying in economy class to being in a torture chamber.
“We find that the seats are not only getting smaller, but there’s no padding on them anymore,” Bassani said, reported by FOX News. “It is a torture chamber for our customers and for us, that also fly on our own airlines.”
Bassani noted that the cramped space on planes doesn’t allow passengers to follow proper protocol during emergencies, including an inability to assume the brace positions because the seats are too close together.
“The truth is that many passengers are older, larger, and in many cases have less mobility,” she said. “Can you imagine in a stressful situation trying to evacuate in a real-life scenario? Passengers from a plane that is burning, or that is, you know, half-tilted, or upside-down. Listen, these people are having a hard enough time… getting in and out in a normal process, but in an evacuation, it’s going to be almost impossible.”
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