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8.01.17 – (LAA/LUS) – AA Scraps Plan to Reduce Seat Pitch on Last 3 Rows of 737s

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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APFA applauds the Company’s recent decision to scrap plans to reduce seat pitch from 30 to 29 inches in the last 3 rows of its Boeing 737s.

From the earliest days, APFA Government Affairs, APFA Safety and Security, and APFA Health Departments have voiced concerns as passengers are packed into seats just to ‘squeeze’ a few more dollars from our customers. Flight Attendants are left to deal with a myriad of challenges including increased incidents of air rage and health issues that can only get worse as more airplanes are flying at full capacity.  

FAA evacuation standards are based on getting passengers out safely within 90 seconds using only half the usable exits. We believe as more seats are added; airplanes should be re-certified to meet these criteria.    

As our work continues, we extend our thanks to Representative Steve Cohen-TN for his support in introducing legislation that addresses this issue.
APFA will continue to fight for Flight Attendants and passengers as safety standards continue to deteriorate on U.S. airlines.  

Allie Malis
APFA Interim National Government Affairs Representative


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