Cramped airline seats may spark fights, not health problems

April 14, 2015 6:26 PM

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WASHINGTON – Sitting still on long flights is what threatens a rare risk of blood clotting, rather than how close seats are squeezed together on airliners, a Transportation Department consumer panel heard Tuesday.

But the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection also heard arguments that placing more seats on planes is how low-cost carriers are able to offer cheaper fares. If the department were to require more room between rows, fewer seats would mean higher fares, the committee heard at the panel...

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