Ricardo Lopez is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.He previously was a morning breaking news writer who also covered the California economy. A Nevada native, he joined The Times in 2011 after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has previously worked as a reporter for newspapers in Minnesota, Virginia and Delaware.
The FAA plans testing next month to determine whether the latest airline seats and cabin designs are safe enough for passengers to escape during an emergency. Consumer groups have concerns about the tests.