The Airlines and Leg Room


By: Dr. Lynn Reaser

AirplaneAnyone on a long, or even short, airline flight probably was not thrilled with the experience.  Some have suggested that regulations should be made dictating the amount of seat space and leg room.  This is a bad idea.

Surely federal regulators have better things to do than dictate how many inches of leg room should be allowed beyond safety requirements.  The amount of “adequate” leg room varies across passengers and depends on its cost.

If more space per passengers is required, airline fares will rise.  Competition and the marketplace will determine the average amount of seat space and ticket prices.  Passengers wanting more room should and will pay more.

There is no need for taxpayers to pay for additional rules and enforcement as a part of “Big Brother services.”

Image Credit: Getty Images 

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