Monday, September 04, 2017

Don't allow those below 15 years to sit near emergency exits, airlines told

Airlines should not allot the exit row seats to any flier below the age of 15 years or disabled person to ensure that only those capable of opening emergency doors sit there, new regulations has said.
The latest Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) has been issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which also said willingness of passenger is obtained before allotting exit seat to him or her at the time of check-in itself.
At present, many fliers do not know that they were allotted the seats on the emergency row and cabin crew finds it difficult to brief them about 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 time limits imposed by the thermotoxic environment," the DGCA said in the CAR.
It is "crucial that people evacuate quickly" before heat, flames, toxic fumes or an explosion kill or injure them. "Seconds can mean the difference between life and death in the aftermath of a crash inasmuch as evacuation might be terminated abruptly by an explosion at any point," the DGCA said.
Emphasising that critical prerequisite to survivability in many accidents is the "fastest possible evacuation of the aircraft", it said the essential to this objective is the fastest possible opening of emergency exit doors and windows followed by quickest possible movement of passengers through the exits.
According to the CAR, each airline should seat a person in the exit seat who would be able to operate the emergency exit and he should not be invalid or less than 15 years of age.
04/09/17 Shemin Joy/Deccan Herald