§ Sir Ian Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether, following the decision of the United States civil aviation authorities that no seats should be allowed to block the safety exits from aircraft, and the immediate implementation of that directive by Pan-American and others, he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority to carry out an immediate and comprehensive review of the current practices of all airlines operating to and from the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Neither the Department of Transport nor the Civil Aviation Authority has any knowledge of any recent decision of the United States Federal Aviation Administration amending its requirements related to aircraft seating.
However, new rules were introduced by the United States Federal Aviation Administration on 5 October concerning the physical abilities of persons to be seated in exit rows and the display of instructions for opening emergency exits. Such rules are already in force for United Kingdom-registered aircraft.
The practices of airlines operating to and from the United Kingdom may differ to some extent, but all subscribe to the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.