Sometimes, when looking for a very good seat for your next flight, you may find out that you’re recommended to choose one that is located in the EXIT ROW. Exit rows seats would sometimes be suggested as good seats because they commonly have more legroom. However, roomines comes at a price since there are several restrictions that need to be taken into account whenever trying to book a seat in the exit row.
Also, there are a large number of carriers that do not even allow advance booking in so far as emergency seats are concerned. With Delta, for instance, you’re only able to purchase your preferred emergency exit row seat 24 hours in advance provided you’ve joined one of their travelers programs. However, the carriers that allow their flyers to choose their favorite seat in advance, they will pose several conditions that need to be complied with. Usually, carriers motivate their policy of restricting the possibility to book an exit row seat in advance by the fact that they need to be certain the flyer is suitable for the location and because of the errors that happened in the past. Airlines need to be certain that you are really suitable for this seat before allowing you to occupy it.
Probably the most important advantage of sitting in the emergency row is related to the lavish amount of legroom which is quite substantial especially on long-range aircraft. Things are not the same in so far as smaller aircrafts are concerned. They are more crammed and there is little difference between the exit row seats and the other ones in terms of legroom. However, on planes that are larger than commuter jets, the difference in term of legroom is quite substantial. So, if you take into account the fact that plane seats are usually occupied on a first-come, first-served basis, you have to show up a bit earlier than the average travellers to grab an exit row seat.
Remember though, that you will certainly be re-seated if you happen to fall under one of the restrictions that apply to exit rows. Do not even try to imagine that the flight crew will be oblivious to safety procedures. Travelers located in emergency exit row seats will certainly be asked to help in case of an emergency evacuation under instructions of cabin crew. Generally speaking, the PASSENGERS WHO ARE ALLOWED to sit in an emergency exit row seat are:
- at least 15 years;
- capable of understand and carrying out instructions;
- capable of verbally conveying information received from the flight crew to other passengers;
- able to read, understand and give instructions in English;
- not travelling with someone that needs their assistance in case of an emergency;
- not suffering from any permanent or temporary impairment
- not travelling with a service dog;
- capable of checking outside conditions and following cabin crew commands;
- capable of reaching, opening, lifting and throwing out an exit door in an emergency that weighs up to 27kg (60lbs) since emergency doors are often heavy and awkward to lift, push, pull and maneuver when opening. ;
- willing to assist in the unlikely event of an emergency;
- not seated with an infant;
- not elderly;
- using a seatbelt extension;
All in all, just enjoy your extra leg room and be ready to save the day, if case may be.
Passengers that are seated in an exit row, will, more than likely, be called upon to open the exit and help the other passengers in exiting the aircraft if a crew member is unable to do so.