Are some U.S. airline evacuation tests staged to allow smaller seats?

Seats on airlines get smaller and smaller. This would make an evacuation more difficult, what is against FCC rules. To avoid penalties and forced changes to adjust seat sizes a knowledgable source thinks evacuation tests are staged.

Flyersright received this message from a concerned source saying: l retired last year after 40+ years for a major airline and this is BS! l participated in those so-called evacuation tests. The crew is handpicked by the airline.

EVERYONE who acted as a passenger was an airline employee!!!! ALL between the ages of 20 and 50!!!! ALL KNEW what was going to happen and knew that it was vital to the airline to accomplish the evac test on time.

NOT ONE had a purse, briefcase or ANY TYPE of carryon!!

The tests are done over and over until they were able to accomplish the required evacuation!

The last one I participated in was about 6 years ago (they have not changed) took 2 days and at least 3 tries to complete, even with all of the “preparation” that went into it.

It actually didn’t pass but the FAA and the airline went into “conference and agreed it that it did pass!!!!

The FAA has been in the airlines’ pockets for many years. They do NOT have the passenger’s best interest at “heart”

Even if it were determined that emergency evacuation test data should be deemed proprietary, it could be released under a routine protective agreement and order to the petitioner and the court.

Since the FAA and manufacturers have declined to do so, the implication is that the test data will show the opposite of the contention that shrunken seats and larger passengers have had no effect on emergency evacuation test times.

Paul Hudson representing Flyersright testified about his feedback.
Declaration of Paul Hudson with his court statement.

The FAA appears to take the manufacturers at their word that the evacuation testing is proprietary. The FAA, as responsible for health and safety, should not allow safety to be harmed by unchallenged claims of proprietary information.

The five released videos are cherry-picked, fail to show any passenger exiting an aircraft, and mislead the public.

And because the FAA admits to not retaining these records, the videos also mislead the FAA. Gardlin engages in a strawman argument: Because these videos do not show that a passenger has to climb onto seats, or that it takes 3 to 4 minutes to exit the plane, then it is proven that passengers can exit planes within 90 seconds.

Declaration of Paul Hudson (click here)