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The Shrinking Seats

A few years ago, I read a story about the salary cap in the National Football League. Part of the motivation for having a cap for players salaries was based on the fact that owners did not believe that they could govern themselves. So, they all wanted to be governed by the league to control their own spending.

By the way, I thought that this was a good time to throw a money pic o’ joke in here. Do you remember getting all those emails from Nigeria, about someone wanting help to get money out of the country? Well, you might get a good laugh out of this picture:















Which brings us to the analogy to those owners in football. Would it surprise you that there’s a movement to get more people to fit on a airplane. Should government get involved in regulating. In fact, here’s an article (here) that describes a Columbian based airline named VivaColumbia who want to fly with planes that have no seats. Without regulation, they could fit more people for the ride. Here’s their idea to “make flights cheaper” More of a standing lean:








This is a good case of considering government regulation versus the right of private business. Should there be seating regulations? Well, a federal court thinks so. (Bloomberg)

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., has ordered aviation regulators to consider setting minimum standards to guarantee seating space on airlines.

This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,” Judge Patricia Ann Millett wrote on behalf of the appellate three-judge panel. “As many have no doubt noticed, aircraft seats and the spacing between them have been getting smaller and smaller, while American passengers have been growing in size.

In the case mentioned, the court found in favor of Flyers Rights, a nonprofit advocacy group, which argued that shrinking legroom and seat size create a safety hazard. Safety concerns should require the Federal Aviation Administration to impose restrictions.

Do you agree, or do you think that the free enterprise system should just control?

And finally, I received this pic o’ day for posting, and it gave me a smile!


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