Exit Row Seating
Federal regulations require passengers to meet certain criteria in order to occupy an exit seat. In an emergency where a crew member is unavailable to assist, passengers may be called upon to perform the functions listed below. Passengers that do not meet the criteria listed, have a condition that is not apparent that could prevent them from performing the functions, may suffer bodily harm as a result of performing the required functions, or do not wish to do so, should not sit in an exit seat.
EXIT SEAT CRITERIA
Passengers occupying exit seats must:
- Be 15 years of age or older.
- Have the capacity to perform the applicable functions without the assistance of an adult companion, parent, or other relative.
- Have the ability to read and understand printed or graphic instructions related to emergency evacuation.
- Have the ability to understand oral crew commands.
- Have sufficient visual capacity to perform applicable functions without the assistance of visual aids beyond contact lenses or eyeglasses.
- Have sufficient aural capacity to hear and understand instructions shouted by crewmembers without assistance beyond hearing aid.
- Have the ability to adequately impart information orally to other passengers.
- Have sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to:
- Reach upward, sideways, and downward to the location of emergency exit.
- Grasp and push, pull, turn, or otherwise manipulate mechanisms.
- Push, shove, pull, or otherwise open emergency exits.
- Lift out, hold remove and maneuver objects the size and weight of overwing exit door.
- Remove obstructions similar in size and weight to over-wing exit doors;
- Reach the emergency exit expeditiously;
- Maintain balance while removing obstructions;
EXIT SEAT FUNCTIONS
A passenger occupying an exit row seat must be capable of performing the following functions:
- Locate the emergency exit;
- Recognize the emergency exit opening mechanism;
- Comprehend the instructions for operating the emergency exit;
- Operate the emergency exit;
- Assess whether opening the emergency exit will increase the hazards to which passengers may be exposed;
- Follow oral directions and hand signals given by a crewmember;
- Stow or secure the emergency exit door so that it will not impede use of the exit;
- Pass expeditiously through the emergency exit.
- Assess, select, and follow a safe path away from the emergency exit;
ADDITIONAL EXIT SEAT RESTRICTIONS
- Passengers operating portable oxygen concentrators are not permitted to occupy exit seats.
- Child Restraint Seats are not permitted to be placed in exit seats, or in seats directly in front of or behind exit seats.
- Passengers traveling with emotional support animals, service animals, or cabin pets are not permitted in an exit seat.
- Passengers using a wheelchair or other assistive device must not sit in an exit seat.
- A passenger who requires the use of a seatbelt extender must not sit in an exit seat.