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Origin Of Term "jump Seat"?

Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:24 am

How did the jump seat become known as such? When was the expression first used?
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RE: Origin Of Term "jump Seat"?

Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:02 pm

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.
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RE: Origin Of Term "jump Seat"?

Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:44 pm

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

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RE: Origin Of Term "jump Seat"?

Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:29 pm

Is it because the seat base is stowed position.
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RE: Origin Of Term "jump Seat"?

Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:28 pm

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.
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