March 29 roundup

  • “SEAT Act: Top Senators Sponsoring Bill to Outlaw Low Cost Carriers, Raise Airfares” [Gary Leff, View from the Wing]
  • “Trump’s Safe and Sane ‘Regulatory Reform’ Idea” [Cass Sunstein/Bloomberg, earlier Sunstein on Trump regulatory initiatives]
  • Changing law and economics shape street protest [Tyler Cowen] Arizona’s bad idea on protestors involves racketeering charges, forfeiture, and more [Coyote]
  • “Rights And Reality: Georgia Cop Jails Ex-Wife For Facebook Gripe” [Ken White, Popehat]
  • “Opponents of same-sex marriage cynically…manufacture[d] a baseless controversy in the Texas Supreme Court” to attack City of Houston’s spousal benefits, but as the Hon. Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit had already stated in persuasive guidance, Obergefell “is the law of the land.” [Mark Pulliam, Law and Liberty; a second view from Josh Blackman]
  • Idea making some headway: adapting use of class action and similar aggregate litigation procedures to administrative adjudication [Sergio Campos, Jotwell]


  • Re: Rights and Reality—why isn’t there a federal prosecutor looking to bring civil rights criminal charges against the bad actors?

  • Re: airline seats. I would prefer wider seats and more legroom and am willing to pay a reasonable premium for it. But airlines do not offer the option.

    One of the problems is that, when I search for tickets, the only thing I see are prices and times. I do not see how much leg room and seat width are offered.

    The market is not working for me. Perhaps the airlines and/or the third party ticket sellers believe that time and price are the only discriminating factors.

    This does not mean that I support the bill. It simply means that I think this not a bill seeking out a problem, but a problem (for me) that needs a solution.

    • Well, when you are calling a taxi and ask for how much the ride is you don’t get information on the make, model and year of the car. If your search is limited to just ticket prices, then why would you expect anything other than the price of the ticket and times?

      You might want to consider looking at the route / flight number and then searching for that on route sites that have the model of the airplane. From there you can get seating accommodations.

      Or you could always call the airline and say “what are the seat dimensions on this flight?”

      The market works but only if you are using the market, and not what you think the market should be.

      • As usual, you make a good point.

        But, of course, everything comes with a price. Doing what you suggest takes lots of time. That is especially true when you have literally hundreds of choices. For example, try booking a trip from Santa Fe, NM, to Moscow for a month in the summer. You probably have to take two or three flights with two or three airlines. Plus, if your dates are flexible, there are hundreds of possible iterations.

        Certainly, if you are flying from Dallas to Austin, LA to SF, or NYC to DC, and your date and time are fixed, you have less of a problem.

        If it takes me 20 hours to research the flights, that basically covers the cost of the flight itself (From Santa Fe to Moscow). Doing 20 hours of research to buy a car might be worth it, but a plane ticket?

        It would be more efficient for me to just buy the first business class seat I see. Perhaps that is what the airlines are trying to do.

        If this is how the market works, it certainly is inefficient.

  • Doing what you suggest takes lots of time.

    Not really.

    Every airline I checked and Googled for “seat dimensions” came up with dimensions and spacing for the seats.

    As for the “variables,” I am not sure that I understand what you mean by that. A flight from one destination to another is always aircraft specific. Airlines don’t put 747s on short hops and actually buy planes for the routes they need. That means the same aircraft type is consistent on that route no matter the day or time.

    If you can’t find and figure out the aircraft type and seating along your route within ten minutes even for a long or multiconnection trip like Santa Fe to Moscow, that’s on you – not the airlines. They make the information available to people and like a horse in front of water, they can’t make you look at it.