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Convenience Vs Safety  
User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Just a thought, since I know that many military troop transports has their seats mounted facing rearwards in the cabin, because of the greater chance to survive a crash, I started thinking about why airlines doesn't mount their passenger seats that way. As I have understood, many of the A.netters are seasoned airline passengers, would you please share your reactions to this idea. Would you fly with an airline that had their seats mounted "backwards" in the planes? Would you pay less because of the inconvenience of traveling backwards? Would you pay more because of the higher safety standards? Or, would you choose an airline that had their seats mounted the usual way, facing forwards?


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User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

I think it is because not too many passengers want to fly facing backwards!!

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8908 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
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Quoting Deskflier (Thread starter):

Aren't there some airlines where some seats facing backwards in Business class?  scratchchin  Don't remember which it was, but I am pretty sure I saw some pictures of it.

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User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 701 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

I believe that airlines choose not to have rear facing seats due to two factors.

1. Such seats would require additional strengthening which adds extra weight and therefore higher costs.

2. The safety aspect, during a crash debris such as luggage could fly forward in the cabin, quite possibly into the passengers in the rear facing seats.

On a personal level, when I fly BA (Club World) I could care less if I'm flying rearward or not.

J


User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1965 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

AC and QK both have some rear sitting pax. In the DH8 at QK row "13" is actually the first row, and faces backwards. I have sat here and while it is a little wierd (looking at everyone). It is no more or less comfortable then any of the other seats. Also Air Canada's charter division Jetz has some rear facing seats.


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User currently offlineM11Stephen From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

A properly braced passenger is just as safe in a forward facing seat as in a backwards facing one. The problem is most passengers have no idea how to brace themselves in a forward facing seat while in a rear facing seat the position pax normally sit in is the brace position. With the addition of airbags to passenger seats on some new airplanes, there really is no need to turn the seats around because it wouldn't be any safer.


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User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1350 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

I did a segment in one of my columns about why airlines don't install backward-facing seats. There's no "legitimate" reason, really, other than convention, and that forward-facing seats are more comfortable for most passengers....

http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2006/06/02/askthepilot188/

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24084 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Southwest used to have a few rows of rear-facing seats, including a "lounge" area at the rear of the cabin with 3 rear-facing seats. The 6 seats directly in front of the overwing emergency exits were also rear-facing, as ws the first row at the front of the cabin. Those seats are visible in the following photos. The rear-facing seats have taller seatbacks for safety reasons.


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BA Hawker-Siddeley Tridents (originally BEA prior to the merger with BOAC) had some rear-facing rows as did other earlier BEA types.


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4764 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1383 times:



Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 4):
Also Air Canada's charter division Jetz has some rear facing seats.

These seats are only for use in flight. They can not be occupied for take off and landing.



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1965 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1349 times:



Quoting LongHauler (Reply 8):

Well I am 1 for 2 then. Do they have seat belts for when it gets bumpy?



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4764 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1269 times:



Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 9):
Well I am 1 for 2 then. Do they have seat belts for when it gets bumpy?

Yes. Also, there is a red strap across these seats during boarding to make sure there is no one sitting there until in the air.


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