In their 2018 article entitled “Are Airlines Sure We Can Flee Planes Fats? No Way,” the Editorial Board of The New York Times argues its concerns regarding current evacuation plans in airliners and spaciousness-related safety. The authors note that an increased number of seats, high charges, and the person’s average weight create additional challenges for a successful evacuation operation.
The Board points out the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in enhancing passengers’ safety and comfort and the role of the Senate and House in controlling a reauthorization bill to improve seat dimensions. The authors discuss the power of the marketplace forces at the expense of evacuation quality and the inability of people to demonstrate rational behavior in emergencies. The Board believes passengers need a chance to escape planes fast, and the cooperation between the FAA and the government is critical.