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Prabhu Ramamoorthy assaulted a sleeping woman on an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on Jan. 3. The 35-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Despite a new congressional mandate to set minimum seat widths and legroom standards, the FAA is unlikely to expand airline seat size anytime soon. Johan Marengrd/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Cramped Legroom On Flights Unlikely To Change, Despite Congressional Mandate

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, including provisions that require the FAA to set a minimum size for commercial airplane seats. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 35, was convicted on Thursday of sexually assaulting a sleeping passenger aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit. He could face life in prison. Erik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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The Federal Aviation Administration is refusing to regulate the size of airline seats, saying it sees no evidence that filling smaller seats with bigger passengers slows emergency evacuations. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Tired Of Tiny Seats And No Legroom On Flights? Don't Expect It To Change

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United Airlines planes parked at a terminal at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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After Passenger Dragging Last Year, Airlines Improved Performance

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Three major U.S. airlines have announced new restrictions on "smart luggage" because of the fire hazard posed by lithium-ion batteries in cargo holds. The airlines say any such batteries need to be removable. Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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People crowd Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as evacuation is underway on Thursday. Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With A Hurricane Approaching Florida, Airline Algorithms Show No Sympathy

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United Airlines garnered headlines in April when a passenger was dragged off a plane after the airline attempted to bump him from the flight. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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An Israeli court has ruled that asking women to change seats because of their gender is discriminatory. It has ordered the airline El Al to instruct its staff in writing that such requests are illegal and train workers in the new rule within six months. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A board at Heathrow Airport in London displays a slew of cancellations for British Airways flights on Saturday. An IT systems failure laid waste to flyers' plans at the U.K.'s two major airports over the weekend, and the situation is yet to be completely resolved as of Monday. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brian Schear, seen here during an argument with Delta staff, says he and his family were forced off a flight from Maui because they put their 2-year-old in a seat Schear had bought for a different child. YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ranking member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., questions witnesses Tuesday during a hearing about about oversight of U.S. airline customer service. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Delta recently authorized supervisors to offer up to $9,950 in compensation to passengers bumped from flights. A Delta Air Lines jet sits at a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Flight Overbooked? Perfect: These Frequent Flyers Want To Get Bumped

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