Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Says Senate Should Pass SEAT Act in FAA Reauthorization

September 6, 2018
Press Release
Seat-Size Safety measure is already in House-passed version of FAA bill

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) urged the Senate to include the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act in its version of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before authorization expires on September 30, 2018. The bipartisan bill, which Congressman Cohen introduced with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would require the FAA to establish minimum sizes for seats and distances between rows to ensure that passenger safety is not put at risk by the recent shrinking of seat sizes. It was included in the House-passed version of FAA reauthorization legislation. Congressman Cohen made his comments today at a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing. See a recent news story on the issue here.

“As a matter of health and safety, I urge the Senate to adopt the SEAT Act provision included in the House bill, H.R. 4,” the Congressman said at the hearing. “The U.S. Court of Appeals found FAA’s justification for not reviewing the safety risks of more cramped passengers ‘vaporous’ and now the Inspector General is auditing the FAA for its failure to take this issue seriously.”