Congress expected to discuss airline seat requirements

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Congress is considering ordering the FAA to establish minimum airline seat sizes.

House and senate lawmakers released proposals in a funding plan over the weekend.

The room between rows has been shrinking for many years as airlines squeeze more seats onto their planes.

Once 34 or 35 inches, it’s now less than 30 inches on some planes.

The bill would also restrict airlines from being able to remove passengers who have already boarded a plane.

The bill also requires the FAA to establish reasonable measures to ensure people aren’t pretending their pets are service animals.

Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to keep FAA programs running, and the senate must decide on the bill this week or both chambers will have to pass a short-term extension.

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