Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

SEAT Act Gains Bipartisan Support in the House of Representatives

February 25, 2016
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, today announced that the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act (H.R. 4490) has gained bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) signed onto the bill as a cosponsor. The SEAT Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish a minimum seat size and minimum distance between rows of seats for the safety and health of airline passengers. The issue has recently garnered national attention:  CBS News; USA Today; Washington Post; CNN.

“I am pleased the SEAT Act has generated bipartisan support in the House,” said Congressman Cohen (D-TN). “The safety and health of airline passengers is critical. Planes need to be capable of rapid evacuation in case of emergency, and we need to ensure that shrinking seat sizes aren’t compromising safety. I would like to thank Congressman Kinzinger for cosponsoring the SEAT Act, and I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner with my colleagues in the House to make sure the safety and health of passengers comes before airline profits.”

“I am proud to sign on as a co-sponsor to the SEAT Act, which requires the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to establish minimum seat size standards for airplanes,” said Congressman Kinzinger (R-IL).  “This is an important measure for the safety and health of passengers that will also allow for rapid evacuation in case of an emergency.  I would like to thank Congressman Cohen for introducing this legislation, and I hope to see this go through the House with bipartisan support.”

Congressman Cohen’s Op-Ed on this issue was recently published in USA Today. You can read his Op-Ed here.