Passenger Health Growing Concern for Airlines

Today's Telegraph includes a story about British Parliament considering an increase in the minimum leg room required between seats on British airlines. Also under consideration is a reduction of taxes on "economy plus" type seats. The House of Lords Science Committee is recommending these and other changes out of concern for the safety of airline passengers.

Except for those who can afford to book one of the luxury berths on the new A380, most passengers experience physical side-effects from air travel. Unfortunately, some passengers experience severe effects such as: deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life-threatening condition where blood clots form in the lower extremities during periods of non-use then move up to the lungs or worse. These Science Committee recommendations could indicate a stronger push to improve conditions for airline passengers. That might not be so bad...I know I'd like a little more leg room when I fly.