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"seats Blocked Off" - Question  
User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

I was reading this on airlinequality.com :

"Recently flew from Doncaster to Pisa in mid week. Plane was obviously going to be half full so why pay £2 for a priority seating ticket? Got on the plane to see that half the seats were blocked off. I was crammed in the middle seat between two fidgety people on a plane only half full. Never saw that scam coming. "

What does "half the seats were blocked out" mean, and why do they do it? Is this a regular process? I used them on trips between HHN and SOB and that flight was not even close to full, but they did not do anything like that!


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User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

If the aircraft was only half full then they would need to disperse the passenegers so as to spread the weight evenly about the cabin.

User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 1):
If the aircraft was only half full then they would need to disperse the passenegers so as to spread the weight evenly about the cabin.

Then why don't they allow the passengers to take an aisle or windows seat an thus dispersing the load evenly? Why make an already not so comfy configured flight so cramped and upsetting the paying passengers by letting them see the many, many unused seats while cramping them in the back... the last I saw passengers herded up in the back of the plane was a film about a plane being hijacked...



Peet7G
User currently offlineMovingtin From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

Where all the seats blocked off in 1 section or 1 side of the A/C?
My bet is that 1 or more emergency exit slides had to be defered, which requires a large section of seats to be blocked off near each inop exit.


User currently offlineHBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

Quoting Movingtin (Reply 3):
Where all the seats blocked off in 1 section or 1 side of the A/C?
My bet is that 1 or more emergency exit slides had to be defered, which requires a large section of seats to be blocked off near each inop exit.

If it was the case on this flight, he has to know as the crew must inform passengers of this situation by hiding the exit signs of the concerned door, hiding the arrow showing this exit and telling pax that this particular exit is actually inop.


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

Ryanair?

They usually block off the first six rows, and if needed, the last 6 rows.

As mentioned, it's all about weight distribution during take off and landing.

12 rows out of 35ish wouldn't be uncommon; tallying up with what you read elsewhere.


User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Quoting HBJZA (Reply 4):
If it was the case on this flight, he has to know as the crew must inform passengers of this situation by hiding the exit signs of the concerned door, hiding the arrow showing this exit and telling pax that this particular exit is actually inop.

That seems an odd thing to do. I can understand not wanting passengers to go to a door that dissent have a slide in a small emergency (ie small problem where you can't use a jetway) but during a major emergency ( ie fire at my heals about to die) I want out of the plane. Slide or no slide, I want to know where the exit is.


User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3927 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 2):

Then why don't they allow the passengers to take an aisle or windows seat an thus dispersing the load evenly? Why make an already not so comfy configured flight so cramped and upsetting the paying passengers by letting them see the many, many unused seats while cramping them in the back... the last I saw passengers herded up in the back of the plane was a film about a plane being hijacked...

Well this is Ryanair....it very common for this to happen. I have heard the crews aggressivly screaming at passengers who dare to sit in these blocked off seats.

Quoting Movingtin (Reply 3):
Where all the seats blocked off in 1 section or 1 side of the A/C?
My bet is that 1 or more emergency exit slides had to be defered, which requires a large section of seats to be blocked off near each inop exit.

I shouldn't have though so, this is one of my FR pet hates. FR crews like to squash everyone together in the centre of the aircraft. It sure as hell is not for "balance reasons", morl likely to speed up sales from the so called bar. Balance reasons on a 738......unlikely I think.



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User currently offlineHBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
Slide or no slide, I want to know where the exit is.

I see your point but it is mandatory to block an exit if the slide is unusable. I can assure you that in case of emergency where evacuation is needed, if you open a door with no slide, with the rush, the panic, etc, the only thing that will happen is that all the ones who survived the crash will die when falling from the door. I know you think that your own person can easily evacuate from the door with no slide, I would as well, but if only have a few seconds available and hundreds of people pushing you out its a suicide. Think of all parameter related to an evacuation : fire, fear, panic, smoke, eventually darkness, disorientation, shock, etc,etc,etc....


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

How did I know this was a Ryanair thread when I saw it. This has been discussed before... and will be again.

As it has been said before, it is for weight distribution. There are a few pennies to be saved by evening out the weight properly. It really burned my ass getting on a Ryanair flight looking for a window, and having 6 rows blocked off. Who the hell wants to be the prisoner?



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