Type-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5272 times:
I don't think the people would be "crushed" per se, but I am willing to bet that they were awfully uncomfortable and probably scared never expecting to have something like that happen to them. But if the seats stayed put and then suddenly released, then it could have been somewhat painful.
UA taking photos of seats - CYA move, they just know the lawsuits will be coming.
Well, since it returned to the field, it is an NTSB reportable incident. There is a lot of paperwork involved in these as well. Depending on how severe the incident, and if pax were injured or not, there needs to be a release from the NTSB, if I am not mistaken (I could be wrong on this).
I am amazed I did not hear about this sooner, as I was at work at SEA when this happened...
Kellmark From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 698 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5007 times:
Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 1): don't think the people would be "crushed" per se, but I am willing to bet that they were awfully uncomfortable and probably scared never expecting to have something like that happen to them. But if the seats stayed put and then suddenly released, then it could have been somewhat painful.
I disagree. If you count the weight of the people in the seats in front of you, plus the seats themselves plus the rate of acceleration on takeoff, you could have quite serious injuries. The deck angle after takeoff would also make it worse.
Platinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4891 times:
Ah yes a seat issue, I haven't heard of one of these for a while. I remember a delayed flight due to a "soiled seat". Also an aircraft was brought back to the gate because a seat didn't have a seat belt. How do you lose a seat belt?? I hope the passenger wasn't seriously hurt
Crewchief From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4613 times:
"Passengers were given several options for gifts from the airline for the inconvenience, including bonus miles and travel credits."
Unbelievable -- I wonder if they got a round trip voucher, where they have to pay a fee to book the flight, are at a status where they likely will get bumped, and will be in the back of the plane....where the seat pitch is close to where it was when the seat slipped....
2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4361 times:
Has United instituted the Maintenance Surcharge yet on its tickets for some flights to pay for normal maintenance given the raise in prices of parts and contractors.
Passengers could also "voluntarily" pay a specific "Planed Maintenance" Fee to ensure that the flight they were on was fully maintained and cleaned to the highest standards prior to boarding, and that parts were stocked at the originating and final destination of the aircraft to handle problems - that is assuming that at least 50% of the pre-booked passengers paid the fee.
United (and other airlines) are only in the business of moving people from point A to point B, and it makes business sense to only have the minimal number of systems and equipment in service for each flight and to only clean the cabin to minimal standards. Better maintenance than that is a service.