Senate sends bill regulating airline seat sizes to Trump

Senate sends bill regulating airline seat sizes to Trump
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An authorization bill passed for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would task the agency with setting minimum seat size requirements for airline flights.

While the five-year authorization bill, passed by the Senate Wednesday, does not stipulate any specific size limits but calls for the FAA to determine seat width and space measurements between seats.

USA Today reported that it is unclear what the FAA might ultimately adopt as a final ruling. The agency could choose to make permanent the current seating arrangements already offered on U.S. airlines, or could require airlines provide more than the 29 inches that are available between rows on some flights.

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The authorization bill is heading to President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's desk after the Senate passed the legislation by a 93-6 vote. 

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The bill provides funding and puts in place new safety regulations, including changes to the rest and duty rules for pilots and flight attendants. 

The legislation also provides $1.68 billion in disaster relief for areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, as well as the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act, or BUILD Act, which would increase funding for global development and infrastructure projects.