———— Starting #ExitSeats Training ——————————–
“… 300 series plane, so no flight attendant will help you
with emergency exit doors.” Points to Emergency folder…
“Your resposibilities are found in here. Any questions?”
————— End of Emergency Exit Door training. ——————–
Unbroken seal on the emergency exit door of a passenger airplane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So what did I just agree to do?
Well for those of you that have agreed to this position of power, note that there are certain written responsibilities that come with the extra leg room. And if you do have any relatives flying on the plane with you then you should not be sitting in the exit row. These are serious federal laws.
Or you can use my line, “I don’t like those relatives, so I will be showing them anything but favoritism.”
Written on the Airplane’s Exit Door Emergency Folder:
If you are seared in a row of seats having direct access to an
overwing exit, you are in an emergency seat and may be called upon to
open the exit window and help other passengers leave the aircraft if a
crew member is not available to assist.
Each person seated in an exit seat must be willing and able to perform
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 Crew Member.
– Stow or secure the emergency exit window so that it will not impede use of exit.
– Pass expeditiously through the emergency exit
– Asses, select, and follow a safe path away from the emergency exit.
A passenger seated in exit seat must have sufficient mobility strength &
dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to:
- Reach upward, sideways, and downward to the location of the emergency exit.
– Grasp and push, pull, turn, or otherwise manipulate mechanisms.
– Push, Shove, Pull, or otherwise open the exit.
– Lift out, hold, deposit on nearby seats, maneuver over the seatbacks
to next row or out the opening objects/obstructions the size and
weight of overwing window exits.
– Maintain balance while removing obstructions
– Reach the emergency exit and exit the aircraft expeditiously.
A passenger seated in an exit seat must:
- Be 15 years of age
– 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 instructions related to
emergency evacuation provided by Southwest Airlines in printed or
– 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
– Have sufficient aural capacity to hear and understand instructions
shouted by Crew Members without assistance beyond a hearing aid.
– Have the ability to adequately impart information orally in English
to other passengers.
A passenger seated in an exit seat must not:
-use potable O2 concentrator.
– Have preboarded the aircraft. Required a seatbelt extension to
fasten his seat belt.
– Have a condition or responsibility such as caring for small children
or pets, that might prevent him from performing the applicable functions.
– Have a condition that might cause the person harm if he performs one
or more of applicable functions.
Federal Regulations Require that you identify yourself for reseating
– Cannot meet the selection criteria
– Have a condition that will prevent you from performing the
– may suffer bodily harm as a result of performing any of the
– do not wish to perform
Window door approx 50 pounds
_______end of folder training________