Plane Seats Threaten Passengers Health

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3042141/Passengers-safety-risk-shrinking-plane-seats-decreasing-cabin-space.html

Passengers’ safety being ‘put at risk’ by shrinking plane seats and ever decreasing cabin space

cattle on crowded plane

Experts question if packed out planes are putting passengers at risk
U.S consumer advisory group says minimum space must be stipulated
Safety tests conducted on planes with more leg room than airlines offer
By EMILY PAYNE FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 02:16 EST, 17 April 2015 | UPDATED: 02:35 EST, 17 April 2015

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Ever noticed how plane seats appear to be getting smaller and smaller?

With increasing numbers of people taking to the skies, some experts are questioning if having such packed out planes is putting passengers at risk.

They say that the shrinking space on aeroplanes is not only uncomfortable – it’s putting our health and safety in danger.

More than squabbling over the arm rest, shrinking space on planes putting our health and safety in danger?
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More than squabbling over the arm rest, shrinking space on planes putting our health and safety in danger?

This week, a U.S consumer advisory group set up by the Department of Transportation said at a public hearing that while the government is happy to set standards for animals flying on planes, it doesn’t stipulate a minimum amount of space for humans.

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‘In a world where animals have more rights to space and food than humans,’ said Charlie Leocha, consumer representative on the committee. ‘It is time that the DOT and FAA take a stand for humane treatment of passengers.’

But could crowding on planes lead to more serious issues than fighting for space in the overhead lockers, crashing elbows and seat back kicking?

Tests conducted by the FAA use planes with a 31 inch pitch, a standard which on some airlines has decreased
Tests conducted by the FAA use planes with a 31 inch pitch, a standard which on some airlines has decreased

Many economy seats on United Airlines have 30 inches of room, while some airlines offer as little as 28 inches
Many economy seats on United Airlines have 30 inches of room, while some airlines offer as little as 28 inches

Cynthia Corbertt, a human factors researcher with the Federal Aviation Administration, that it conducts tests on how quickly passengers can leave a plane.

But these tests are conducted using planes with 31 inches between each row of seats, a standard which on some airlines has decreased, reported the Detroit News.

The distance between two seats from one point on a seat to the same point on the seat behind it is known as the pitch. While most airlines stick to a pitch of 31 inches or above, some fall below this.

While United Airlines has 30 inches of space, Gulf Air economy seats have between 29 and 32 inches, Air Asia offers 29 inches and Spirit Airlines offers just 28 inches.

British Airways has a seat pitch of 31 inches, while easyJet has 29 inches, Thomson’s short haul seat pitch is 28 inches, and Virgin Atlantic’s is 30-31.

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Barmitag, Detroit, United States, about an hour ago
I don’t need legroom, I need width, hey airlines, we’re all different sizes.
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TROUTMAN, FOREST.O.D., United Kingdom, about an hour ago
Until somebody stands up to them and says enough is enough they would like us to be strapped in standing up !! Profit before health and safety, cattle and the likes have got better safety protection than humans when being transported around today
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New yorker, Watertown, United States, about 2 hours ago
How the h— can they possible make plane seats smaller? All they are going to do is cause fewer people to fly, so what are they really accomplishing?
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bankofdad, Ottawa, Canada, about 3 hours ago
Have you noticed that the crash safety instructions tell you to assume a position with your head bowed down between your knees? Have you noticed that the seats are so small and close together that you couldn’t assume that position even if you wanted too?……………..cheers
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lifeis, NJ, United States, about 3 hours ago
I flew internationally 2 weeks ago and the flight was 13.5 hours long. I felt like I was going to die on that plane because I was so uncomfortable. I even upgraded my seat so I had extra legroom! There was no way I could have made it in a regular seat, the legroom is just absolutely pitiful. I fly back next week and I’m anxious just thinking about how uncomfortable the flight is.
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Ramakrishna Hosur, Bangalore, India, about 3 hours ago
Seat design and the space between seats on airlines should be legislated and government should enforce the design and space of the [passenger seat..if not such aircraft should not be licensed to fly.Leaving this option to the airlines will reduce all aircraft ie Economy class to cattle class .Airlines wish to maximise their profits at the cost of safety and convenience of the passenger.On long haul flights basic passenger comfort is a right.
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Tomcat, MidwayupUK, United Kingdom, about 3 hours ago
It must be obvious to anyone that being jammed in a seat with your legs squashed by the seat in front must make it dangerous, I wonder if the safety tests ever involve people sitting for hours in that position and then trying to evacuate in 90 seconds.
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Getaneducation, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, about 4 hours ago
I know people often complain about the cost of air travel but when you sit down and work out fuel flow per mile and divide that by the amount of passengers, you’ll find that you’re getting a better deal than driving a car! I’m a big believer in travelling with a safe airline regardless of what cabin you can afford to travel in. SKYTRAX is not and has never been the authority on safety. You’re best off looking at raw data. If you want a bit of a short cut you can go to a site like airsafe.com and look at the no passenger fatality area (most data since 1970 but look carefully as new airlines have their commencement year annotated). My money is on the airlines which have been around since 1970 or before that time and have had no passenger fatalities. You can’t argue with facts like that.
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BaliRob, Bali, about 2 hours ago
Posters do not want a history lesson BUT to question and highlight the present disgraceful conditions all of us that cannot afford Business Class have to experience. Notice nobody has mentioned the dangerous recycled air – I average a chest infection two out of every four long haul flights. We must be insane to fly.
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Chris Baker, Hampshire, United Kingdom, about 4 hours ago
If an airline introduces a new layout, then that layout should pass evacuation tests.
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thelearnedman, eton, UAE, about 5 hours ago
the greedy airlines dont care,they would stack the dumb sheep on top of each other if they could……..i.fly first class to avoid the unwashed cattle,so should you.
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Tom, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, about 4 hours ago
I bet you’ve never even been on a plane.
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AN, London, about 2 hours ago
Well “thelearnedman” eton…..most people can’t afford to fly first class, there is often over a thousand pounds difference in the price of an economy to a first class ticket.
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juharrogate, harrogate, about 6 hours ago
“AT RISK” – At risk of WHAT ?? The only difference between a crammed space and the existing arrangements is the SPEED & TIME of EVACUATION in the event of an accident. Personally I’m scared to death as it is at the likelihood of some fool ‘collecting their luggage from the overhead lockers’ (as happened at Manchester if you remember) and obstructing the exit route – so maybe increasing the number of occupants increases the probability of stupidity – but it doesn’t change the probability of “the Incident” in the first place (and it reduces the number of flights which of itself reduces the risk of incident

Wider seats!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3043242/Dawn-superwide-plane-seat-Designer-wins-award-specialist-chair-obese-passengers-switch-booster-seat-toddlers-parents.html

Dawn of the supersize plane seat: Extra wide chair unveiled for overweight passengers (which doubles as booster for toddlers and parents)
The SANTO seat (Special Accommodation Needs for Toddlers and Overweight Passengers) won the prize for Passenger Comfort Hardware
The Crystal Cabin Awards took place this week in Hamburg, Germany
The SII Deutschland design is one-and-a-half times the usual chair width
By BECKY PEMBERTON FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 04:36 EST, 17 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 EST, 17 April 2015

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A plane seat specifically targeted at making plane travel more comfortable for obese passengers and small children has won a prize for its innovation vision this week.

The adapted chair by SII Deutschland, beat off competition from 21 finalists to win the Passenger Comfort Hardware award at The Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, Germany.

Sitting at one-and-a-half times the width of a standard seat, the SANTO seat (Special Accommodation Needs for Toddlers and Overweight Passengers) aims to improve aircrew procedure and passenger safety.

Passenger Comfort Hardware winner: The SANTO seat by SII Deutschland is larger than usual seats, and makes use of space at the back of aircraft where the fuselage narrows
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Passenger Comfort Hardware winner: The SANTO seat by SII Deutschland is larger than usual seats, and makes use of space at the back of aircraft where the fuselage narrows

The adapted seat would make use of the usually wasted space at the back of aircraft, where the fuselage narrows.

It would be a larger version of the aircraft chairs, meaning a wider passenger could comfortably and safety fit in the chair, without disrupting the neighbouring customer.

As the SANTO seat has an extra half a seat width, a baby seat could be fitted securely into the chair, with enough space for a regular customer to sit alongside without paying for an extra seat.

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The designs were judged by a team of 24 experts, including panel chairwoman Melissa Raudebaugh, General Manager of Aircraft Experience at Delta Air Lines.

‘Selecting the Crystal Cabin Award winners was a tough decision this year, as all finalists were of very high quality – ranging from renowned manufacturers to inspiring university concepts, which we will hopefully see flying soon’, said Raudebaugh, as reported by PR Newswire.

The seat won the prize as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, and addresses the issue of the safety for obese passengers
The seat won the prize as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, and addresses the issue of the safety for obese passengers

Not only being space effective, the larger chair aims to address the on-going debate about whether to charge obese passengers for two seats.

Some American airlines have adopted this principle if customers are unable to buckle their seatbelt without the use of a seatbelt extender.

In 2011 a male passenger claims he was forced to stand for seven hours in the aisle of a plane on his US Airways flight, from Anchorage to Philadelphia, as a 400lb man took up a lot of his seat.

Another solution was put forward by Samoa Air in 2013 charging customers depending on their weight, in a bid to reduce fuel costs.

Visitors look at Expliseat wide seats weighing four kilos at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014. It is the leading trade fair for aircraft cabin designers and presents novelties in design, entertainment and connectivity
Visitors look at Expliseat wide seats weighing four kilos at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014. It is the leading trade fair for aircraft cabin designers and presents novelties in design, entertainment and connectivity

The Crystal Cabin Awards were awarded as part of Aircraft Interiors Expo which aims to showcase world’s most advanced and creative ideas for the aircraft cabin.

The SANTO was not the only seat design aiming to solve the issue of comfort when it comes to overweight passengers. Expliseat also displayed wider seating designs to accommodate larger passnegers.

Prestigious aviation companies such as B/E Aerospace and Etihad Airways showed their concepts at the international trade fair of aircraft interiors which took place from April 14 to 16.

Other awarded ideas included B/E Aerospace’s solar cell films on cabin windows, and a vacuum technology to reduce space of waste by lavatories and trash bags created by Hamburg University of A

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