While checking-in this morning at CAE, I used the US kiosk to select seats for the CAE-CLT and CLT-ALB legs. No problems with CAE-CLT.
However... the kiosk showed row 1 on my CLT-ALB leg (Air Wisconsin CRJ-200) as exit row. Seemed strange. I asked the ticket agent, and she confirmed that US considers rows 8 and 1 of their CRJs exit rows. Row 8 was occupied, so I went with 1F (business associate went with 1D).
Kiosk displayed the standard "you must be over 15 & willing to help" message. Boarding pass showed EXIT for 1F.
Once on board, the nearest exit was the airstairs with the FA seated next to it in her jumpseat. And, 1B was occupied by a mother with an infant on her lap.
Any idea why US considers row 1 on CRJs as exit rows?