NPR All Things Considered- July 12, 2018   Excerpted from the article: “It’s really become almost like a torture class,” says Paul Hudson, president of the group Flyers Rights. Hudson argues that tinier seats are not just unsafe for evacuations, but can cause blood clots and other health problems, and lead to more passenger conflicts.… Read More


Last week, the response by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was outright refusal to reconsider its denial of FlyersRights.org’s petition to set minimum seat standards. The FAA declared that questionable evacuation tests are valid and there are no problems with shrunken seats and larger passengers impeding escape. Problematic Certification Process  But when aircraft evacuation drills are carried out, organizers do… Read More


As millions of Americans headed off to celebrate the Fourth of July, it was a busy day for FlyersRights.org. That’s because it was also a great day for the Federal Aviation Administration to try to sneak some bad news for passengers in under the radar.   The FAA restates, it’s no friend to flyers   In a cavalier letter… Read More


Two recent spectacles conjure up the robber-baron era, when corporations ruled the country. Last week at an International Aviation Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., the US Department of Transportation (DOT) undersecretary for policy, Derek Kan, said that the government is keen on just staying out of the way of the aviation industry and letting the market play… Read More


Flyers hate being packed ever-more tightly like sardines in a tin, but that’s where we are today. In October, American Airlines revealed that it will insert 12 more seats, or two rows, into its economy class on its Boeing 737-800 fleet and an extra nine seats into its Airbus A321s. At the same time, JetBlue said it will… Read More


As we know, airlines love to make it as difficult as possible for passengers to receive money they’re entitled to for flight delays. Last week, the UK Court of Appeals confirmed that passengers of non-EU airlines who miss connecting flights outside EU can claim compensation. On the landmark cases, Gahan v Emirates and Buckley v Emirates, the Court… Read More


  Last week, an investigative report by the Daily Beast revealed that economy-class seats are so tight that crash test dummies were consistently breaking seatback video screens with their heads during simulations. This troubling report also noted that no coach seats today comply with Department of Transportation regulations for the brace position. FlyersRights has been raising the alarm… Read More


Paul Hudson’s CBS Appearance FlyersRights.org President Paul Hudson appeared on CBS Evening News on September 13, 2017 to discuss the July 28 judicial victory in the Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The three judge panel ordered the FAA to re-consider its decision to not place a moratorium on further seat size reductions.… Read More


  The eighth amendment to the US Constitution prohibits “Cruel and unusual punishment” – meant to safeguard Americans against suffering, pain, or humiliation. Can sitting in an economy class airline seat apply to that definition, considering how painful it is to endure for many Americans? FlyersRights has argued in court that health and safety are at risk because airlines continue to… Read More


Victory for Consumers Seat size IS a safety and health issue. That was the ruling from the U.S. appeals court last Friday – that the Federal Aviation Administration must reconsider their decision not to regulate the size of airline seats. The court decision was unanimous, 3-0. Hundreds of supportive comments were posted on the FAA docket, and thousands signed FlyersRights’ online… Read More