Congress Considers Weighing in on Airline Seat Sizes

A Super Bowl 50 ad called them a "21st-century torture device."

— -- For years, commercial flyers have complained about the shrinking size of their seats.

And at least one congressman is pushing the federal government to get involved to protect these consumers.

The representative from Tennessee says this regulation would be in the best interest of both passenger safety and health.

“The Federal Aviation Administration requires that planes be capable of rapid evacuation in case of emergency, yet they haven’t conducted emergency evacuation tests on all of today’s smaller seats,” said Cohen in his announcement.

Cohen claims flyers have been robbed of 4 inches of legroom and an inch and a half of width in their seat since the 1970s.

“We also believe that government should not regulate (passenger seats),” a spokesperson from Airlines for America told ABC News.

“As with any commercial product or service, customers vote every day with their wallet.”