Allot exit seats to those above 15, says DGCA

05-09-2017
DH

Passengers currently do not know they are being seated on the emergency row and the cabin crew finds it hard to brief them on the procedures.

“In aircraft accidents, in which decelerative forces do not result in massive cabin destruction, survival is determined largely by the ability of the uninjured passenger to make his or her way from a seat to an exit within the time limits imposed by the thermotoxic environment,” the DGCA said in the Civil Aviation 
Regulation.

It is “crucial that people evacuate quickly” before heat, flames, toxic fumes or an 
explosion kills or injures them.

Aftermath of a crash
“Seconds can mean the difference between life and death in the aftermath of a crash in as much as evacuation might be terminated abruptly by an explosion at any point,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

Fastest evacuation
Noting that the “fastest possible evacuation of the aircraft” is critical to survivability, it said acting swiftly to open the emergency doors and windows and the quickest exit of passengers is essential to achieving that objective.

The airlines should also ask the flyer if they can operate the emergency seat or if they have any constraints in performing the applicable functions.

“An operator shall not require the passenger to disclose at any cost his or her reason for needing re-seating,” the CAR added.

The DGCA also said that permission of the passenger has to be obtained before 
allotting the exit seat to him or her at the time of check-in itself.

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