Exit Seat Requirements

EXIT SEAT PASSENGERS MUST:

  • Be at least 15 years of age and have the capacity to perform all of the applicable functions without the assistance of an adult companion, parent, or other relative;
  • Be able to read and understand instructions related to emergency evacuation as provided in printed or graphic form, and be able to understand oral crew commands.
  • Be able to see well enough to perform the applicable functions without the assistance of visual aids beyond contact lenses or eyeglasses;
  • Be able to hear well enough to understand instructions shouted by flight attendants, without assistance beyond a hearing aid;
  • Be able to speak well enough to impart information orally to other passengers;
  • Not have a condition or responsibilities, such as caring for small children or animal that might prevent you from performing one or more of the applicable functions; or
  • Not have a condition that might cause the person harm if he or she performs one or more of these functions.

EXIT SEAT REQUIREMENTS:

The person has 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 and exit-slide operating mechanisms;
  • To grasp and push, pull, turn, or otherwise manipulate those mechanisms;
  • To push, shove, pull, or otherwise open emergency exits;
  • To lift out, hold, deposit on nearby seats, or maneuver over the seatbacks to the next row objects the size and weight of over-wing window exit doors;
  • To remove obstructions similar in size and weight to over-wing exit doors;
  • To reach the emergency exit expeditiously;
  • To maintain balance while removing obstructions;
  • To exit expeditiously;
  • To stabilize an escape slide after deployment; or
  • To assist others in getting off an escape slide.

FUNCTIONS TO BE PERFORMED:

  • 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;
  • Assess the condition of an escape slide, activate the slide, and stabilize the slide after deployment to assist others in getting off the slide;
  • Pass expeditiously through the emergency exit; and
  • Assess, select, and follow a safe path away from the emergency exit.