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Questions about seats in aircraft for passengers and crew.

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A commercial jet with rear tail-mounted engines and 3+3 seat pattern?

I have just spotted a cameo in one of the old CSI:NY episodes. External shot showed a commercial jet, rather big aircraft, with rear tail-mounted engines. While internal shots shown 3+3 seat rows ...
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Has automatic all-seat reclining been tested?

Seat reclining in modern economy-class seats is a problem when person in front of you reclines, but you are still in vertical position. Has there been a consideration of simultaneous reclining of all ...
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Why would a pilot's armrest be a no-go item?

From the end of issue #216 (June 1997) of Callback: Another First Officer also learned too late the importance of consulting the MEL before take-off. Inbound equipment arrived late. About ...
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Don’t seats that recline flat defeat the purpose of having seatbelts?

Virtually all first-class airline seats, and many to most business-class seats, recline all the way down, either as lie-flat seats (where the seat reclines to a 180º seatback-seatpan angle, but the ...
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Weird seat numbering on Boeing 737-800 [closed]

I recently flew in a Boeing 737-800 in Thailand. My seat was 53K so I thought: "That's a big plane for such small domestic travel." When I entered the plane however I discovered that seats start at ...
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Why aren't passengers instructed how to lift aisle armrests?

Only when I chanced on this /r/LifeProTips post, did I know Most airplane aisle seats have a small lever or button on the underside of the armrest, near the hinge. Pushing or sliding this lever ...
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Are passengers allowed to travel seatless(on the floor)?

I was told that a flight in Europe carried two passengers on the floor, because their purchased seats didn't exist. BBC. Is that allowed? For example, in Greece, a bus is not allowed to travel with ...
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Why is there a cutout in the pilot seat (looking as if it had separate “legs”)? [duplicate]

Why is there a gap in the seat (between the legs)? What function does it have?
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Where are the black triangle'd seats? [duplicate]

There are two windows marked with a black triangle, which indicate that they provide the best view for the wing, when the crew needs visual. Since A320s are probably the most popular birds out there ...
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What are the technical details of how airline seats are installed on an airliner? [closed]

What are the technical details of how airline seats are installed on an airliner? The step by step. Not made how they are installed.
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Why do airlines require passengers to return to their allocated seats for landing?

Airlines which allocate seats often make announcements prior to landing to request passengers return to their allocated seats. What is the motivation for this requirement, especially since I have ...
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Why do the A220 cockpit seats have a cutout?

Why do cockpit seats on the A220 have a cutout on the bottom cushion? The answers to Aircraft pilot's seats: what is the notch for? explain that these cutouts allow for easier maneuverability of the ...
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Why don't plane seats have shoulder straps? [duplicate]

Why don't seats on airliners have shoulder straps, like the seats in (European) coaches often do? Wouldn't a shoulder-strap be more effective than adopting the brace position, in the event of a crash-...
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Why did my business class seat have a three point shoulder harness?

I recently rode a short haul international flight on Asiana Airlines AAR111 from KIX to ICN. I was surprised that my business class seat had a three-point shoulder harness given that we’ve discussed ...
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Why aren't the passenger seats designed as jump seats (foldable) in commercial airlines?

We know that the crew seats in an airplane are "jump seats (foldable)", which made me wonder why it isn't the same case with passenger seats. Some advantages which I see if passenger seats are ...
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Are there any regulations on who can sit next to emergency exits?

Whenever I fly with Lufthansa, if I want to sit next to the emergency exits, I have to satisfy some criteria such as: Be able to communicate in German or English Be at least 16 years old Be ...
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Do flight regulations prohibit sleeping on the floor of an airliner?

During a recent trip in a Finnair A350, a couple traveling together was occupying 1 row of three Economy Comfort seats. During the 12 hour flight, one of the couple stretched out on the seats, the ...
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In a fighter jet, what is the average weight of the ejection system?

In the old days, pilots had only a parachute pack. (In the really old days they might not even have that.) They had to open the canopy manually and jump out. Today, fighter jets have zero-zero ...
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Why are airplane seats higher than chairs and couches at home?

I'm 6-feet tall and even I find airplane seats too high. My feet barely touch the ground when I sit upright. Why can't they make the seat cushion as high as a living room couch?
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What is the purpose of the plush-like seat covers in an airliner cockpit? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of the plush-like seat covers that I have seen on almost all the airliners I looked at? See for example the following picture of a Bombardier CRJ flight deck: (wikimedia.org)
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Are there different configurations of cabin crew seating arrangement for one aircraft model?

In many airlines, cabin crew are shown to be sitting in different areas. Is it common for airlines to offer different seating configurations for a particular airline model? Also, are there any ...
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Is a “breakover feature” required for airliner seats?

A "breakover feature" in airline seats is supposed to assist in absorbing head impacts during a crash, when the passengers are in the brace position. However in some scenarios, most notably the ...
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Why were the TWA TriStar middle seats smaller than the aisle seats?

I was watching an old TWA advert and a question came up: why were the L-1011 TriStar middle seats smaller than the aisle seats?
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What is the width of seat tracks on airliners?

I've been scouring the internet for the track width of seats in airlines, and can't find anything on it. Does anyone know around what that dimension might be? I'm not looking for the dimensions of ...
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How tight should passengers wear the seat belt?

How tight should a passenger wear the seat belt? During takeoff and landing and other moments the seat belt sign is on, I usually pull the belt as tight as possible. This is little uncomfortable, so ...
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What happens if a seat belt is found broken, before flight take off?

What happens in a commercial airliner, when a passenger finds the seat belt to be broken. Does the crew de-plane the passenger or do they provide him something like a child/infant seat belt? I'm also ...
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Is it ok to lift locked armrests on aisle or window seats?

While reading this question, I came across a little trick, of how to lift up the locked arm-rests in window and aisle seats. Though I always wondered why they were locked, knowing that little trick ...
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I would like to know where ideally it is to be sat on an Emirates A380 to get a nice picture of the wing and wingtip as well as the outer landscape? [closed]

I would like to know where ideally it is to be sat on an Emirates A380 to get a nice picture of the wing and wingtip as well as the outer landscape? LHR-DXB 7:50 P.M
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What do pilots do to prevent DVT?

I was reading an article on deep vein thrombosis in air travel. It seems that the problem is more prevalent than one would think. A great deal of effort goes into preventing planes from crashing but ...
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Could a commercial plane seat configuration look like a troop carrier?

I wonder whether Michael O'Leary has already seen that. I am pretty sure he would be eager to implement the idea. However, is that feasible - both from a legal, and as a security policy - for ...
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Why can't armrests be raised on window and aisle seats?

I noticed that armrests on all the flight's I've taken recently can't be lifted on aisle and window seats (the edges of a row). Last time I flew, I got lucky: I was alone on my row and as such I was ...
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Are the current seat belts used in commercial airlines safe enough?

I find myself thinking often, if the seatbelts in airlines are designed just to keep the passengers in seat or to really act as a safety belt like in cars, because in cars which go at 300kmph speed, ...
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Where should I sit to experience the least turbulence?

Following on from Why are first/business class seats at the front?, in which part of a large commercial jet cabin would I experience the least turbulence? On the one hand I would have said that ...
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Why do some 2 seat fighters have side by side seating, while others have the pilots inline with each other?

In some multi seat fighters, like the F-111 Aardvark the pilots sit next to each other, like so: While in other multi seat fighters (most of them it seems) the pilots sit with one in front of the ...
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Can a paying passenger ride in one of the cabin jumpseats?

Is there any regulation that prohibits passengers from using a cabin jumpseat (normally used by cabin crew) if there is no passenger seat available? Like the two shown below. In other words, can any ...