FAA to test shrinking airline seat sizes

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As the average American gets larger and older, the FAA is testing to see if shrinking airline seat sizes are safe.

The agency will run 12 days of testing in November with 730 volunteers.

They will simulate emergency evacuations to see if different amounts of legroom impact the time it takes to escape.

By federal mandate, an evacuation should take no longer than 90 seconds.

The FAA will use the results to come up with seat space standards.

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