Schumer says 'deep-seated problem' is costing consumers on flights

Julie Sherwood

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says legroom on flights once averaged 35 inches (now it’s 31 ) and seat width, once averaging 18.5 inches, is now about 16.5.

“Meanwhile, airlines are bulking up with record profits,” a release from the senator said.

Schumer is pushing for an “Industry Standard For Seat Size” that would require airlines to maintain a standard seat size and not charge consumers more money for it.

Schumer is pushing for the standard to be included in the upcoming Federal Aviation Reauthorization bill.

The current FAA authorization is set to expire on March 31. Congress must pass legislation to reauthorize the agency before that date.