When I arrived at the airport for my Manila to Puerto Princesa flight, the staff at the check-in counter told me that the only seat left was on the Emergency Exit. I happily said yes. Why happy? It’s the seats with the best legroom.
If you’re as tall as me you’ll understand what I mean.
No more knees hitting the seat in front of me. No more standing up when someone nearer the window wanted some private time in the lavatory (Comfort Room). Plus you get to have a small chitchat time with the pretty flight attendant when she’s explaining what you need to do.
But this comfort comes with a price.
- You can’t put your stuff underneath the seat in front of you as passengers may trip on it during emergencies. (This also explains why I did not have my camera with me and just used my camera phone before take off).
- Â In case of emergency, you will have the great responsibility to check the outside of the plane and when clear, open the emergency exit (which may weigh up to 15kg).
What if I’m afraid of the responsibilities or I am so attached to my belongings?
You can actually have that responsibility taken from you. Just call a cabin crew and they’ll reseat you.
Here’s what was written in Exit Row Briefing Card.
Please identify yourself to a Cabin Crewmember for re-seating if you:
1. Cannot meet the selection criteria listed in the Passenger Briefing Card for Exit Row Seats upon checking-in.
2. Are less than 15 years of age or lack the capacity to perform the responsibility assigned to you.
3. Are not physically fit or have a sensory defect or have a non-discernible condition that will prevent you from performing the applicable functions listed on this card.
4. May suffer bodily harm as a result of performing one or more of these functions.
5. Do now wish to perform these functions.
6. Are in a condition of responsibility, such as caring for small children that might prevent you from performing one or more of these functions.
When you’re seated on the Exit Row, be sure to read the Exit Row Seats Briefing Card.