Legislation to make flying in America more comfortable has failed

LAST autumn, FlyersRights.org, a non-profit organisation representing air travellers, drafted a petition to the American Congress demanding new guidelines for the minimum distance between rows in planes. Tens of thousands of stiff-limbed flyers quickly signed their names to the entreaty.

It worked, at least initially. Steve Cohen, a Democratic congressman from Tennessee, introduced an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding bill last week that would have mandated a...

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