Congress passes bill at 2:52 A.M. giving airline passengers more legroom

A 1,200-page bill to reauthoriseΒ the FAA was unveiled early Saturday that would require minimum dimensions for passenger seats.


In the middle of the night at 2:52 A.M. on Saturday morning,Β Congress released a bill to reauthorise the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


The 1,200-page bill contains radical changes for airline passengers and flight attendants.


The legislation, which will be considered in the House this week, would make the FAA set minimum requirements for airline seat spacing – in both legroom and width.


The bill will also stop passengers who have boarded from being bumped, preventing a repeat of theΒ David Dao incident.


Other items in the bill include making phone calls and smoking e-cigarettes during a flight a federal crime.


The bill also makes it unlawful to place a live animal in an overhead storage compartment, prompted by outrage after a puppy died earlier this year on a United flight.


Congress is set to vote this week ahead of a September 30 deadline.


Senator John Thune said he expects both houses to act quickly and send the bill for presidential approval, USA Today reported.