gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3486 posts, RR: 11 Posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5584 times:
This afternoon I flew from Tallinn to London (TLL-LTN). After a rather painful boarding process I entered the cabin and was delighted to see the emergency exit rows still empty. I asked the FA standing in one of them if I could sit there, and was asked if I had reserved one. I was a bit surpised by the question, as I had never heard of FR reserving specific seats. It seems like no one else had either as both rows went out empty (on a very full flight).
When I got home just now, I checked, and found this:
"The option to reserve a seat is available on all Ryanair flights
A reserved seat in row 2 and (emergency exit) rows 1, 16 & 17 can be purchased in advance online or at a call centre for £10/€10 per one way flight. Reserved seats cannot be purchased at the airport. The priority boarding service is included in the above Reserved Seat fee
To sit in an emergency exit seat (Row 1, 16 or 17) you must be:
16 years or older
Willing and able to help in the event of an emergency
Not traveling with an infant
Not using a seat belt extender (which could get tangled in an emergency)
The reserved seat fee is non-refundable, even if customers are unable to use their reserved seat for one of the above reasons.
Customers who have booked a reserved seat who subsequently change their flight date/route or passenger name can do so online via Manage My Booking or via a call centre (subject to opening hours). However, the reserved seat cannot be transferred to the new flight/passenger and in these cases the fee is non-refundable."
On a dummy run just now it seems like priority boarding is only £5, so not the £10 advertised. Shame I hadn't heard about it before, or else I would have gladly spent £5 to have the row to myself on a full flight. No one moved there after takeoff. My last FR flight was in November, and this wasn't in operation then - how new is it? I'm surpised they didn't offer to "upgrade" to these seats onboard for a fee like other do (e.g. Monarch).
On an unrelated noted, yesterday I flew STN-TLL with easyJet as was told priority boarding would be GBP 13.50 if bought at the airport! Outrageous! Still, I managed to get the seat I wanted without spending the cash.
That's quite unusual is it not? I always thought that somebody always had to sit by the door on an exit row in the event of an emergency. Should Ryanair not have ensured someone was sitting beside each exit door or do the FA's just tell the passengers infront and behind the exit rows how to operate the emergency exit doors?
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aidoair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5462 times:
Quoting legoguy (Reply 2): That's quite unusual is it not? I always thought that somebody always had to sit by the door on an exit row in the event of an emergency. Should Ryanair not have ensured someone was sitting beside each exit door or do the FA's just tell the passengers infront and behind the exit rows how to operate the emergency exit doors?
This is true. At least for British and Irish registered aircraft, that at least one passenger be situated by and exit and briefed on it's operation for the critical stages of flight (Take off and landing).
I have witnessed this many times on low load FR and EZY flights where no one has chosen a particular exit row and the crew will then offer nearby passengers to sit by them for this case. Even in the event of reserved seating, should no-one have been allocated these rows the crew should then have moved and briefed a number of passengers who are willing to move at the end of boarding...
flycro From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5445 times:
I'm no expert but I believe you have to have someone in those seats. I have been on 2 really empty flights (BA and BE) and have been asked to occupy the seats by the FAs. Perhaps FR asked some passengers if they wanted to move there, but nobody was willing to pay?
airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5174 times:
There is something I don't get with the procedure. I flew FR yesterday, I had purchased priority boarding and when boarding the aircraft the lady in front of me wanted to sit in 1A but was told to move behind row 4 (rows 2,3 & 4 had the tray tables open, but not row 1 as I've seen on multiple occasions before). Anyway, the lady asked why she couldn't stay there and the F/A told her that the seats were reserved for pax who had paid for these seats. I finally ended in row 6 and when the boarding was completed I noticed that the rows 1-2-3 & 4 were still empty. Now what if the flight was full ? Would the very last pax to board the aircraft be offered to sit in the first rows ? That's a bit unfair to people who buy priority boarding if they can't sit where they want...