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Safety Nugget Week of September 25 - Airplane Seat Position< Back to Blog

Sep 28, 2017
By: T. Cai
Categories: Safety


When traveling with airplane, before taking off and/or landing, flight attendants always ask passengers to put seat back into its upright (uncomfortable) position.

 I do travel a lot and always wonder why I/we have to do that.

There are three main reasons for that:

  1. When the seat is upright, it is locked.  When the seat is reclined, it is NOT locked. In a case of emergency during talking off or landing, an unlocked seat yields more forces and thrusting forward of the unlocked seat can cause passengers severely injured;
  2. The upright seat position allows the maximum amount of space for the window and middle-seat passengers to exit easier to speed up the emergency evacuation;
  3. Upright seats also ensure that you and people around you can get into a proper bracing position during an impact or crash.

Safe travels!


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