Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Demands Answers from FAA

July 11, 2019
Press Release
SEAT Act, requiring a study of airline seat safety, passed nine months ago

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, today wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell expressing concern that the agency has not begun implementing the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act. Congressmen Cohen and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced the SEAT Act, which directs the FAA to establish minimum seat size and distances between rows of seats on commercial aircraft to protect the flying public, and its provisions were included in the FAA Reauthorization Act which became law last year.

“It has been over nine months since this bill was passed into law, and it appears that zero action has been taken to advance this critical matter. The flying public deserves more,” Congressman Cohen wrote. “Congress sent a clear signal to the FAA in October when it included the SEAT Act in its five-year reauthorization of the agency.”

There is a one-year deadline for implementing the law. See the entire letter here.

The Senate sponsors of the SEAT Act were Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).