|Quoting DouglasDC8 (Reply 4):|
So I guess the agent put the whole thing together in her mind that it was a federal regulation to have people seated in a particular manner.
I suspect that it is more along the lines it is easier to say than the real reason of which most passengers would not understand C/G issues anyway.
I have heard many "because of federal regulations on aircraft" that simply do not exist. I wish I had made a list of them over the years. Since most do not inconvenience much, its just easier to follow along.
My favorite was "federal regulations prevent us from having coffee on afternoon flights" The correct answer would be "since this a relatively short afternoon flight we did not expect anyone to order coffee could I interest you in a juice or a soft drink" but then again that is NW