TheSorcerer
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FR Exit Row Policy

Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:56 am

When I flew with FR (ABZ-DUB-ABZ) I went to sit down in the exit row. Then an F/A asked me "How old are you?", I said "15" and she said "sorry I'll have to ask you to move". Why? I've sat in exit rows on BA and LH before and I've had no problems. What really pissed me off was that across the aisle in the exit row there was an old woman (traveling alone I think) sitting at the window who needed help putting her bag up into the overhead bin. I am just as capable if not more capable of opening an emergency exit than that woman.
On the way back I sat down in the exit row again and an F/A asked me "sorry, are you over 18?" and I lied saying "yes of course"  ashamed   Silly.

So Why do FR not let under 18s sit in the exit rows?
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RE: FR Exit Row Policy

Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:05 am

Hi

I have encountered this myself when flying on FR this is probably just to cover them as far as I know the official rule that others stick to is just that the disabled or infirm or children/toddlers may not sit there.

Hope this answers your question.

P.S Hello to a fellow 15 Year Old you are now on my respected List!

Regards and a Happy New Year!

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RE: FR Exit Row Policy

Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:49 am

Quoting TheSorcerer (Thread starter):
What really pissed me off was that across the aisle in the exit row there was an old woman (traveling alone I think) sitting at the window who needed help putting her bag up into the overhead bin. I am just as capable if not more capable of opening an emergency exit than that woman.

I don't think it's an issue of strength. I think the reason they want 18+ year old people is because they're considered adults.. But again i'm not sure, i'm just assuming.
 
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RE: FR Exit Row Policy

Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:28 am

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 2):
I don't think it's an issue of strength. I think the reason they want 18+ year old people is because they're considered adults.. But again i'm not sure, i'm just assuming.

In the US, the 15+ requirement is part of a federal regulation regarding who can sit in an exit row (14 CFR 121.585 ["Exit Seating"], specifically 14 CFR 121.585(b)(2)), and I've always wondered how they came up with 15 (it's not the age you can get a drivers license [16 in most states], it's not the age of majority [18], and it's not the age that you can gamble/buy alcohol [21])... I can't think of a reason why it would be beneficial to the carrier, under US laws, to have a more stringent regulation than the law required (but since FR is not a US carrier, and I really have no comprehension of EU law, there may be reasons)

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RE: FR Exit Row Policy

Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting Dsa (Reply 1):
P.S Hello to a fellow 15 Year Old you are now on my respected List!

We're an endangered species on Anet  Wink.
You're on my RU as well.
Happy new year
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RE: FR Exit Row Policy

Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:53 am

It is the F/As call to make, whether you are of age or not. She obviously had doubts as to your suitability. I agree that lady across the aisle sounds like a suspect call but that's the call she made and her decision is final - no correspondence entered into....
Incidentally I will deny anyone under 18 an assigned exit row at check in - If they ask I tell them it is full already. I also do the same at the other end of the age spectrum if I see they have difficulty moving/talking or anything I deem unsuitable for an exit row passenger.

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 2):
I don't think it's an issue of strength. I think the reason they want 18+ year old people is because they're considered adults.. But again i'm not sure, i'm just assuming.

That's it. Adults are generally considered more suitable not just because they have more in the bicep/tricep department but because they have more experience to throw at an emergency if it should arise. Although I realise it is first in first serve on FR, on another carrier Adults are usually the ones who are genuinely in need of the additional space as they are fully grown.
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RE: FR Exit Row Policy

Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:11 am

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 3):
and I've always wondered how they came up with 15

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