- Exit row
An exit row is a row of seats on board a commercial airliner that is next to an
emergency exit. Exit rows may be next to overwing exitsor full sized exit doors. Passengers seated in exit rows may be required to assist crew members in the event of an emergency evacuation. Airlines typically provide specific government mandated guidelines on the front of the aircraft safety cardthat must be met in order to occupy and exit row seat. Passengers who do not meet these requirements will be reseated.
Most exit row seats provide a few more inches of seat pitch compared to non-exit row seats so that passengers have more space to access the exit. However, this factor has led many passengers to disregard the responsibility that they have in the event of an emergency.
A few hazards and problems exist with exit row seating. Passengers are typically required to operate "self help" or
overwing exitsin an emergency. This leads to problems because many passengers don't pay attention to the exit row briefing provided by flight attendantsbefore each flight and don't read the aircraft safety card.
Kinds of Exit Rows
Typically, there are two kinds of exit rows in which passengers may be seated. There is the exit row next to
overwing exitswhich are typically not attented to by flight attendantsand require passengers to operate them in the event of an emergency. The second type of exit row is next to a full sized exit door and a flight attendantis seated in these rows. The flight attendanttypically sits on a jumpseat.
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