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Restrictions For Sitting In An Exit Row?  
User currently offlinePualani From United States of America, joined May 2004, 304 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8383 times:

I just flew on Varig GRU-GIG last week on 738 and i noticed a gentleman sitting in the row with a lap child. Is it standard procedures for other airlines to allow this?


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User currently offlineVtdl From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8359 times:

A couple months ago, while traveling to Australia, I, my wife, my 6 and 9 year olds were assigned the exit rows. I told my wife not to put her things away because we might have to move. Indeed, after they were done with the safety video, we were asked to move to another rows as the plane was taxiing.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8337 times:

I guess restrictions vary by country, but the FAA is quite strict.

- You have to be physically able-bodied and not too fat (I seem to pass muster, though I am the large economy size, so I guess you'd have to be fairly enormous to be disqualified)
- You have to be willing and able to operate the exit and assist other pax to use it
- You have to be over 16(? or 14?) - no kids, accompanied or otherwise, in an exit row
- You have to be able to see the exit and hear and understand crew commands (ie. not be deaf or blind, and be able to speak English)
- You must not have any distractions (ie. disabled, young or elderly pax travelling with you)

I think for most European countries the restrictions are similiar, but they don't tend to post instructions in the same way that US carriers do.

User currently offlineInvictus From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8337 times:

These seats are reserved for adult able bodies and may be occupied by them alone. All baggage, books etc. needs to be stowed in the overhead compartments for the take off and landing phases of flight. No kids, no babies no laptops etc. You can stick them up there too if you'd like to.  Nuts

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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8330 times:

This information is paraphrased from one of my safety cards, USA 3000 A320.

Cannot sit in an exit row if you:
-Lack strength and/or dexterity in both arms, hands and legs.
-Less than 15 years of age
-Lack the ability to perform any above function without the assistance of an adult.
-Lack the ability to read and understand safety information.
-Lack the ability to hear and understand English flight attendant commands.
-Lack visual capacity to perform one or more function with a vision correction device, other than glasses and/or contacts.
-Lack ability to hear flight attendant commands with assistance of a device other than a hearing aid.
-Lack the ability to relay important information in English.
-Have responsibilities, such as caring for a small child, that might distract you.
-Have a condition that may cause you harm.
-Must be able to direct passengers to an exit and be able to open that exit.

Hope I helped,

User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8262 times:

I always manage to get stuck in the exit seat when I travel. I guess that can be a good thing, but not on every flight. I travel by myself a lot, so I am seen as young and able  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I have been on a flight however where a couple had their 2 infants sitting on their laps on an MD11 exit row. Totally illegal and irresponsible, but when a passenger knows someone at check in, you will find that the agent blags all the rules.

Generally they will look for young males who are travelling alone to sit in the exit rows, and they give the bulkheads to parents with children.

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