Aeroflot777 wrote:Often times the exit rows go unoccupied. I think the modern-day "pay-for-everything" model that airlines have implemented deter people from spending more $$$ and buying an exit row, even if it means extra legroom. On a few of my flights these past few months I've politely asked FAs if I can switch to exit row seats once boarding was completed and no one had an issue. This was aboard separate flights on Austrian, Transavia and Ryanair. Oddly enough, I was the only one in the whole row on all three flights while the entire rest of the plane was packed.
GCT64 wrote:I've been on plenty of UK and Irish operated flights where pax have been asked to move into the overwing exit rows if they are empty (or even move to the window seat if they are in the aisle seat) - for exactly the reason you say. I recall I looked into this and it is a regulatory requirement here to have someone in the window seat on those rows.
77H wrote:Good Evening All,
Reading and engaging in the UA Exit Row Escape thread got me thinking about something I've thought in the past.
I have been on numerous flights where the exit rows are unoccupied and remain that way throughtout the flight. When a person sits in an exit row they assume responsibilities for assisting in the evacuation. When no one sits in an exit row, who assumes responsibility? The simple answer would be cabin crew but in a real life incident crew would most likely be stationed near the doors and assisting passengers forward and aft. In a real life incident seconds matter and having the window exits open for egress could very well mean the difference between life and death.
Its tough to assume that just any random passenger is going to take the initiative to get to a window and operate it having not been briefed in chaotic, life threatening situation.
I understand that exit rows offer extra legroom which airlines generally sell as "premium" seats, but is it wise/safe to keep them unoccupied once the doors close and the seats have limited or no up-sell value? Seems like having as many hands on deck to assist in evacuations is never a bad thing.
StTim wrote:In the old days of Easyjet and unallocated seating I have seen the cabin crew move people who did not fit the requirements from the exit row. One was a rather substantial gentleman and another was a family with children.
I have never seen a flight with an empty exit row seats.
luftaom wrote:On Qantas 737's the company policy is that there must be at least 2 people (who have received the briefing) in each of the 3 seats adjacent to the exit for takeoff and landing.
I have done at least 100 flights sat in exit rows in recent years (across more than a dozen airlines) and the briefing has ranged from none at all, to Jetstar Australia.
JQ's briefing is the standard against which all others ought to be measured. It is the exact same briefing every time (word for word), has been well thought through and is above all very comprehensive.
ro1960 wrote:So what happens if you paid extra for exit row seat and after being briefed you are not "willing" to assist on a full plane? The FA will ask another passenger to switch with you and you ask him to pay back the extra fee?
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