The following requirements and restrictions for passengers seated in emergency exit rows come directly from the Federal Aviation Administration: If you`ve ever sat in the exit row, you`re probably familiar with the pre-departure briefing. Flight attendants are required by law to inform each passenger seated there prior to departure. Although we did not want to imagine a scenario where we were asked to operate the emergency exit, it can happen. If you wear glasses, contact lenses or a hearing aid, you don`t have to worry. The FAA allows passengers wearing prescription glasses or hearing aids to sit in the row of emergency exits. Exit lines must be assigned personally, as the agent must verify that the Pax is physically capable and ready to open the emergency exit when needed. In the field, you will also be questioned again by the stewardess. There is also a minimum age, I think it`s 15? Not sure, it`s been a long time! All cabin animals must be housed in a carry-on baggage container that complies with the airline`s standards. This container, as well as the cabin animal, must be kept under the seat in front of you at all times during the flight. A cabin animal and the van could obstruct the row of emergency exits.
Emergency exit row seats are among the most desirable seats on an airplane. With more legroom and sometimes unlimited legroom, they are known to frequent travelers as the most valuable property in the bus class. Airlines are also aware of the value of these seats to travelers, who often charge hundreds of dollars on longer international flights. While the emergency exit row seats are reserved for elite frequent flyers and passengers willing to pay for extra legroom, getting these seats does not guarantee that you will be allowed to sit in the exit row. Here`s why. If you`re not sure about an individual airline`s seating requirements and restrictions, most airlines provide detailed information on their website. If a passenger has a condition that would cause injury if asked to operate the emergency exit, they will not be able to sit in the emergency exit row. Conditions include physical injuries, psychological complications, or other pre-existing health conditions. Passengers seated in the row of emergency exits must be able to see and hear clearly. The first step in operating the emergency exit row is to observe the conditions outside the passenger cabin.
I`m actually not a big fan of emergency exits, as I want my bag to be easily accessible and you can`t have it in front of you when you`re sitting there. But I think it`s different when you`re very tall and you need that legroom. Depending on the aircraft, however, some armrests are sometimes missing in the exit rows. And that row can be a little colder. Definitely extra charge. Most of the time, I avoid them because that`s where the babies are put there. There are no criminal offences. Edit: it seems I was wrong, babies are indeed compartmentalized and not abandoned raw. I remember that the first requirements ❤️ imposed by the FAA on residents of emergency exit rows are simple. If you do not have the strength or ability to operate the emergency exits, you should not sit in the row of exits. On many aircraft, the emergency exit hatch at the wing exits can weigh more than 40 pounds and requires some skill to open. This restriction was introduced for two reasons.
The first reason (and the reason given by the airlines) is to prevent the obstruction of emergency exits. Belt extensions can obstruct emergency exits. Seat belt extenders can get stuck in the seat belts of nearby passengers, get stuck on nearby objects, or pose a tripping hazard to passengers evacuating the aircraft. The flight attendant`s final decision is ultimately made by the flight attendant as she sits. Flight attendants are required by law to perform all emergency exit tasks without discrimination. While it may seem embarrassing or discriminatory, it is perfectly legal to require a passenger to change their seat more desirable because they need a seat belt extension or have a medical condition. If you are asked to release your comfortable seat in the emergency exit row, it is important to understand how essential emergency exits are during an evacuation. There are two reasons for this. First, using a portable oxygen concentrator for normal breathing can be considered a medical condition. Second, hoses in portable oxygen devices and the device itself can obstruct the emergency exit or interfere with the operation of emergency exits. In most cases, another passenger is likely to drop their seat elsewhere in the cabin, allowing a passenger who is not allowed to sit in the exit row to travel.
However, there is no regulation that would require a passenger to abandon their seat to accommodate another passenger. Flight attendants ultimately decide whether or not to ask a passenger their age. If a passenger under the age of 15 mistakenly sits in the exit row, they will be moved. If a flight attendant notices a passenger who is having difficulty storing their baggage in the overhead compartment of the exit row or who is having difficulty reaching their assigned seat, these observations could disqualify them from the exit row. While passengers of one size are not expressly prohibited from sitting in the exit row, they may not sit in the exit row if a passenger`s height requires them to board or use a seat belt extension at any time during the flight. If a passenger sitting in the emergency exit row is pregnant, she is legally obliged to return to her seat. This is one of the reasons why flight attendants must receive a verbal yes from passengers seated in the exit row. This verbal response allows flight attendants to determine if a passenger can understand what they are saying and formulate a logical response.