Our Research Focus
The Cabin Safety Research Team supports FAA regulatory and airworthiness functions through
the conduct of research in the area of aircraft emergency evacuation. Questions concerning
seating density, exit size and location, passenger flow rates through exits, and flight
attendant behavior are investigated using an aircraft cabin evacuation facility and human
research subjects. For the future, a Boeing 747 evacuation facility is being brought
on line to enhance study of egress problems encountered by larger aircraft with higher door
sill heights and multiple aisles.