Deskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2113 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?
How can anyone not fly, when we live at a time when we can fly?
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 2019 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2026 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.
M11Stephen From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1845 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.
My opinions, statements, etc. are my own and do not have any association with those of any employer.
Aviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1370 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1804 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....
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29316 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1775 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.