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Hawaii senators want an end to shrinking airplane seat sizes

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Many travelers are getting fed up with the tight spaces they're allowed on airplanes, and a group of Hawaii lawmakers wants to do something about it.

They say declining seat size combined with America's obesity problem could threaten passengers' safety and health. A group of state senators introduced a resolution urging the federal Secretary of Transportation to set minimum sizes for airplane seats.

Airline industry group Airlines for America opposes the legislation, saying there's no data to suggest seat sizes are unsafe.

State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, who stands at a tall six-foot-four, says he usually pays more for extra leg room. But he says lots of other guys who are his size can't afford the luxury.

Industry experts say people generally choose lower fares over bigger seats.

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