Safety Briefings for Passengers in Exit Rows
This SAE ARP provides guidance for (1) ensuring passenger suitability for being seated in an exit row and (2) the standardization of safety briefings for passengers, seated at exits, who may be responsible for opening exits on transport airplanes during an emergency. This recommendation is primarily for briefing passengers seated in the Type III overwing exit row, but may be applied to briefing passengers responsible for other exit types. In addition, these recommendations pertain to briefings on airplanes on which the flight attendants would conduct the exit row briefing, and to briefings on airplanes without flight attendants, on which pilots would conduct the briefing.
Rationale: Aircraft accident investigations have found that passenger safety information briefings are a factor influencing survival, especially when the cabin crew member conducts an individual oral preflight briefing for the passengers seated in the exit row. Regulatory authorities encourage air operators to require crew members to provide a preflight personal briefing to each passenger seated in an exit seat. Additionally, operators must determine and verify passenger suitability for exit row seating.
This revision reflects updates to the references and harmonizes terminology in the document with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices.