·Armstrong Zoom ..
reply to fiberguy
Re: Power I am not saying they do not know how to do it, I am saying that engineering needs to be done for that particular aircraft for adjustments to provide power to that many seats. Plus, where the power comes from load calculations need to be done. You cannot just run a wire to the outlets and let er rip. The airplane needs to be adjusted for this which requires time and money.
Yes, it has been done but it is not on many of the coach seats I have seen. I see them in business and first class, but not coach. This tells me they did not plan on providing power to coach seats so they need to modify the plane to provide it. So money and time, thats all. And that may be why you may not see it on older planes for a long time.
It takes a ton of paperwork, red tape, reporting, and just crap to change the seat cushions. An aircraft is a touchy thing and every little detail needs to be looked at. If powering seats pulls too much power it could do a lot like overload the power systems, cause a fire, whatever... it is not like your home where you just hook up an outlet. On your couch you are not at 30,000 feet and the FAA is not regulating what you do.
That is all I am trying to say. Not that it cannot be done, just takes time. It is an airplane, the same things that get grounded when a latch on a tray table breaks (I have been on a plane where this has happened).