FAA clears airlines to remove passenger seats for cargo

Boxes stored in cabin where passenger seats normally go.

The Federal Aviation Administration late Friday gave U.S. airlines permission to remove passenger seats and transport cargo on the floor of the cabin in aircraft being deployed on cargo-only flights.

The exemption to existing regulations governing aircraft operations lasts for one year. The FAA also extended until July 10, 2021, its prior ruling that airlines could fly with cargo strapped into the seats through the end of this year.

The FAA’s response may be too late to benefit passenger airlines...


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