Adam Minter’s April 18 commentary on cramped quarters on commercial airliners points out the need for a little more federal regulation in the airline industry. I don’t like federal regulation but it has a place here. Airlines have been shrinking the space on flights while Americans, in general, are getting larger. The federal government should set minimum standards for the comfort and safety of passengers on these airlines. Robust commerce will require lots of air travel. Let’s insist air travel, despite the cost-cutting trends of the airlines, be comfortable and enjoyable. It shouldn’t cost that much more.
John Nerison, Boise