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Why Are Some Exit-Row Seats Less-Padded?  
User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 883 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5099 times:

Hi Everyone,

I've seen on SeatGuru that for some planes of various airlines, the exit-row seat cushions are "less padded" than other seats on the plane, and the site says passengers could find these seats more uncomfortable. Why are the cushions less padded? Does it make the seat cushion smaller to help provide more space in the event of a window evacuation, does it have something to do with using the cushion as a flotation device, or is there another reason?

Thanks for the clarifcation,

Soxfan  Smile

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

On some aircraft types, if the seat cushion of the seat next to the window exit were normal size, it should be higher than the base of the exit and therefore impede its removal. Therefore thinner/shorter seat-bottom cushions are installed so as to provide free movement of the exit should it need to be removed/opened.

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