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Origin Of Term "jump Seat"?  
User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3455 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

How did the jump seat become known as such? When was the expression first used?

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17288 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

The term is much older than aircraft; older than cars even.

I'm pretty sure it has to do with attendants being able to jump up and down on exterior seats after handling passenger embarkation and debarkation in carriages.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineatct From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2420 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 5 days ago) and read 3512 times:

Because after 6 hours in the 757 hanging chair you'll jump at the opportunity to get out of the cockpit!


"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31716 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Is it because the seat base is retractable......in stowed position.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently onlineKaiarahi From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 3275 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 2979 times:

Yes. Jump seat is a term for any stowable seat (e.g. London taxis). According to the Oxford dictionary, the term originated in the U.S. in the 1860s to describe folding seats in carriages.

Empty vessels make the most noise.
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