‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’ Gets US Court Rebuke

first_img‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’ Gets US Court RebukeIL for www.theindianalawyer.comAviation regulators were ordered by a federal appeals court on Friday to consider setting minimum standards for the space airlines give passengers as carriers have steadily shrunk the width of seats and the distance between rows.The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., found in favor of Flyers Rights, a nonprofit advocacy group, which had argued that steadily shrinking legroom and seat size created a safety hazard and the Federal Aviation Administration should impose new restrictions.“This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,” Judge Patricia Ann Millett wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. “As many have no doubt noticed, aircraft seats and the spacing between them have been getting smaller and smaller, while American passengershave been growing in size.”The issue of airline passenger legroom has boiled over this year as some carriers said they plan to add more seats to planes.  American Airlines in May announced it would shrink the space between rows to 30 inches on its newest Boeing Co. 737 jetliners.The court said the FAA had used “off-point” studies and “undisclosed tests using unknown parameters” to justify its initial refusal to review the rules. “That type of vaporous record will not do,” the court said.Flyers Rights had argued that the average seat width has narrowed from approximately 18.5 inches in the early-2000s to 17 inches in the early-to-mid-2010s. In recent decades, the distance between seat rows, known as “seat pitch,” has gone from an average of 35 inches to 31 inches, and as low as 28 inches at some airlines, the group said in the suit.At the same time, the average American flier has grown steadily larger in both height and girth, the group said.That combination created a safety hazard, it argued, making it more difficult to exit a plane in an emergency and also heightening the risk of deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal condition of blood clots in the legs that has been associated with longer flights.“We’re really gratified,” Paul Hudson, president of Flyers Rights, said in an interview. “We hope the FAA will now take it up as a proper rulemaking.”The FAA said in an emailed statement that the agency “does consider seat pitch in testing and assessing the safe evacuation of commercial, passenger aircraft. We are studying the ruling carefully and any potential actions we may take to address the Court’s findings.”U.S. lawmakers have grilled members of the administration and airline executives on the issue at several hearings this year and several have drafted legislation to address the issue.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Why Dodgers SS Corey Seager will ace his sophomore year

first_imgCheck out the Rookies of the Year who became MVPs: Don Newcombe, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Dick Allen, Rod Carew, Johnny Bench, Fred Lynn, Jose Canseco, Cal Ripken, Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Justin Verlander, Buster Posey, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant.You can add Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Billy Williams, Tom Seaver, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and Eddie Murray. Like several on the MVP list, they became Hall of Famers.Corey Seager, the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2016 and a finalist for Most Valuable Player, went home to Kannapolis, N.C., and was back in the gym within a couple of weeks.But he also hit the golf course, which often hit him back.“I started playing a couple of years ago. And the golf game needs a lot of work,” Seager said the other morning at Camelback Ranch. GLENDALE, Ariz. — There used to be a thing called the “sophomore jinx.” It was waiting, with tentacles, for all high-flying rookies.The theory was that a first-year player sailed through his indoctrination year with no one else in baseball taking him seriously. By the second year, his flaws would be studied and exposed.Examples, among those who won Rookie of the Year Awards, included pitchers Harry Byrd (1952), Carl Morton (1970), Butch Metzger (1979), Pat Zachry (1979) and Jason Jennings (2002) and hitters John Castino (1979), Joe Charboneau (1980), Jerome Walton (1989), Pat Listach (1992) and Marty Cordova (1995).In truth, the sophomore jinx was more a symptom than a disease. Seager reached a milestone this winter when he actually broke 100, at Rocky River Golf Course. Yes, he still has the scorecard.. No, he didn’t break 100 the next time.“I had four putts on the last hole to break 100,” he said. “I wound up in the 97 range. But, yeah, I was nervous. I just went tap-tap-tap until I got it in. “We go to a lot of different courses. It’s usually me and one of my buddies against Justin, the middle brother, and one of his buddies. Justin’s way better than I am and it’s annoying, to be honest with you. But it’s a good way to relax and still have some of the competitiveness.”Justin plays in the Seattle organization. The oldest brother, Kyle, is an accomplished third baseman with the Mariners, and he kept touting Corey to whomever would listen.Kyle and Justin inoculated Seager from all viruses, including sophomore flu. In his rookie season, Seager had 40 doubles, 26 home runs and an .877 OPS, which led all National League shortstops. Seager had more at-bats than any National League player except former Angels infielder Jean Segura. He thrived, on the outside, but the peace of Kannapolis loomed like an oasis.“It was nice to have that under my belt, to know what the grind of 162 games was like,” he said. “I was able to figure out a routine that worked for me.“But I’d never experienced anything like the mental grind. I had never been locked in for that long. When the season was over, it took a while to get out of that mode. I’d wake up and start wondering where I had to be that day before I realized it was over.”“I ran Corey out there a lot last year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He was surrounded by guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, Chase Utley. He’s got a good head. All we ask is that he continues to grow as a major league player. I’m glad he’s on our side.”In 2013, the Dodgers quietly packed their belongings in St. Louis and headed into winter oblivion. The brilliant arm of rookie Michael Wacha had bounced them out of the playoffs.Sixteen months beforehand, the Dodgers had passed up Wacha, from Texas A&M, to take a shortstop from Northwest Cabarrus High with the 18th pick in the first round. As Wacha muffled the Dodgers, Seager was coming out of Double-A.Last year, Wacha was 7-7 with a 5.09 ERA. Seager did things before his 23rd birthday April 27 that will remain beyond the imagination of most of the Class of 2012.On Sunday, Cody Bellinger ripped a home run in the Dodgers’ second exhibition game. He is a 21-year-old who can pick outs from the dirt at first base. He will get here when his performance merits it, and if Gonzalez is still at first base, he’ll play the outfield. Dodgers scouts say Bellinger reminds them of another youthful fellow. Both make you want to keep all scorecards.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Dodgers’ catching situation a ‘day-to-day, game-to-game’ decision

first_imgSo Barnes was back in the starting lineup for Game 4. Roberts would make no commitment beyond that.“It’s a day-to-day, game-to-game thing,” Roberts said. “I think things are speeding up on him (Grandal). I do know we need him. If we’re going to win a championship, we are going to need him – in some capacity, whatever that might be. But I do think to give him tonight, to not start, I think that’s a good thing.”Roberts said “a pitcher’s comfort level” with a certain catcher is one factor in his decision each day. He went against the numbers in Game 4 – starter Rich Hill had a 3.38 ERA and .206 batting average against when throwing to Grandal during the regular season, 4.03 and .235 with Barnes.Game 5 starter Clayton Kershaw, however, was more successful throwing to Barnes (a 1.96 ERA, .171 batting average) than Grandal (3.13 ERA, .254 batting average) albeit in far fewer innings.A notoriously streaky hitter, however, Grandal has never been on a good offensive streak during the postseason. He is 7 for 68 (.103) with 30 strikeouts in four postseasons with the Dodgers. He explained his struggles this year as a result of going out of the strike zone too often. “I think it’s just wanting to perform,” Roberts said of Grandal’s struggles. “Especially in the postseason – when you’re results-driven, that’s a hard way to go about things on this stage.“It’s really tough because a lot of times your weaknesses are exploited more and they’re not going to give in as much. So now when you’re trying to force things to happen, that’s when it sort of goes sideways. And that’s for anyone.”KIKÉ COMMENTSRoberts was asked what his initial reaction was when he heard about Kiké Hernandez criticizing the lack of energy from the fans at Dodger Stadium on Monday and the boos they directed at Grandal.“Putting my head down, shaking my head, like, ‘You can’t call the fans out,’” Roberts said with a soft chuckle.Roberts said he had “a brief conversation” with Hernandez about it and came away convinced it was just Hernandez expressing frustration after a loss and trying to defend a teammate.“We all know – he’s passionate. It was taken out of a frustrating loss,” Roberts said. “I think the fans should understand that this is a guy that is so out there in the community and so interactive with the fans. If there’s anyone that deserves a mulligan, I think that it’s fair for him – and (because of) the way he plays.”Hernandez was cheered when he came up to the plate in the first inning, having changed his walk-up song to “Sorry” by Justin Bieber.KERSHAW CALLClayton Kershaw will start Game 5 on Wednesday with the possibility that it could be his last start at Dodger Stadium or his last start as a Dodger. He can opt out of his contract (leaving two years and $65 million on the table) and become a free agent next month.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Last season, Yasmani Grandal lost his job as the Dodgers’ primary catcher before the postseason even began and Austin Barnes was the starter in 13 of their 15 postseason games.It took a little longer this year.Grandal was benched by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after a historically bad defensive performance in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Grandal is the only catcher to have two errors and two passed balls in a postseason game.Roberts put him back in the starting lineup for Game 3 on Monday night and Grandal turned in another poor defensive performance (another passed ball and an inability to block a wild pitch in the dirt with a runner on third that cost the Dodgers a run). He hasn’t been able to make up for it offensively, either, going 3 for 22 so far this postseason. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Trying not to,” Kershaw said when asked if he had given that a thought. “I think it’s hard enough to try and win a postseason game. I know that more than anybody knows that. So I think for me it’s just trying to focus as much as I possibly can on the Brewers and getting ready for tomorrow’s start. And putting everything else on the back burner as best I possibly can.”Kershaw once again gave his standard response about whether he will opt out – “I have not made a decision.”He has 10 days after the conclusion of the World Series to notify the team about his decision.“Should be a busy 10 days,” Kershaw said.In his career, he has made 164 regular-season starts at Dodger Stadium, posting an 83-34 record with a 2.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He has made 12 postseason appearances at home (10 starts) and gone 3-3 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.EXTRA MOTIVATIONWhen Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress walked Yasiel Puig in the ninth inning of Game 3, Puig seemed to take offense. As he took four pitches out of the strike zone, Puig appeared to gesture toward Jeffress to throw him a ball over the plate.The one-out walk loaded the bases for Yasmani Grandal, but Puig’s antics fired up Jeffress in the process. He came back to strike out Grandal and Brian Dozier to end the game.“Puig being Puig,” Jeffress said. “That’s how he plays the game, I don’t know. … Just fired me up a little bit, definitely. The whole game in that moment fired me up. I knew what I needed to do to get back to myself, but that gave me a little boost right there.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

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