Why do airline seats have to be in an upright position during takeoff?
The rules are confusing, but the safety concern is real.
- By Joe Pappalardo
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 01, 2007
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But don't feel too bad, Bobbi—even airline employees get confused about these rules. An FAA safety bulletin issued in 2002 reads, "It has been brought to our attention that flight attendants were being advised that it was not necessary to place the seat backs in the fully upright position for takeoff and landing, because ‘upright' has never been defined." The bulletin notes that airplane seats have been designed to meet FAA standards, with safety in mind—but only when passengers put them upright. "When reclined to any degree, they are not in the upright position for emergency evacuation," the bulletin clarifies.
Glad they cleared that up.