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I'm 6-feet tall and even I find airplane seats too high. My feet barely touch the ground when I sit upright. Why can't they make the seat cushion as high as a living room couch?

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  • $\begingroup$ What aircraft are you asking about? Most of the aircraft I have flown have adjustable seats, and some sit very low to the floor of the aircraft regardless of how much you adjust them. $\endgroup$ – J Walters Feb 7 '17 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ Which seats are you asking about? The pilot seats, or the passenger seats? $\endgroup$ – Greg Hewgill Feb 7 '17 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ I was referring to the passenger seats :P To a layman, it appears if they make it lower like car seats, it wouldn't sacrifice safety, and it would be more comfortable for short people. It's not good for blood flow when the feet cannot touch the ground. I find it more comfortable sitting in a car seat for a few hours vs. sitting in an airplane seat. $\endgroup$ – aerocan Feb 7 '17 at 23:58
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Storage.

You don't have someone sitting behind your couch trying to shove their luggage under it.

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The short answer,

Your couch is made for you to fall asleep on, watch football from, and generally be of any non determinant shape since no couch (as far as I know) carries a type certificate.

Aircraft seats are designed to fit as many passengers as is legally allowed and practically possible while still passing the 16G tests the FAA imposes. The 16G requirement is largely for your safety.

Most pilot seats are in some way adjustable up/down and forward/back depending on the age of your aircraft.

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