The FAA has been given the all clear to certify Boeing's new,
longer version of its 777-300 aircraft without doing an evacuation
Let's review: The longest commercial airplane on Earth, 33 feet
longer than its predecessor and with 110 more seats, has two new
FAA rules specify that anyone applying to certify new aircraft
with a passenger capacity increased by more than 5% has two
choices: they either must conduct a full-scale test or submit the
math they did showing that the plane can meet FAA evacuation
Boeing opted to go with the arithmetic option. A consumer group
took its safety concerns to court and lost.
Agents, of course, are used to the airline industry treating
them like a bad cold. Now, airline passengers are supposed to pin
their safety on a math test? What crust.