Skip Nav

Here's The Reason Your Seat Needs to be Upright During Takeoff and Landing

Here's The Reason Your Seat Needs to be Upright During Takeoff and Landing

Ever wondered why flight attendants insist on you putting your seat back in its original position upon takeoff and landing? It's just a few inches of difference, so it doesn't seem like an incredibly imperative safety measure-- but it is.

The law is set by the Federal Aviation Administration, and, according to Travel and Leisure, it was put in place for two primary reasons: "it makes it easier to evacuate the plane in the case of an emergency and it can help limit injuries."

A study recently conducted by Boeing found that 58% of fatal plane accidents occur during takeoff or landing, and having the seats readjusted to their upright positions ensures that there's one less obstacle if passengers have to evacuate the plane.

Travel and Leisure also notes that having seats "upright during take-off and landing also cuts the chances that your face will slam into the seat back in front of you during a bumpy landing. It's not just a consideration for the person behind you, either. If your seat is reclined, you're also at a greater risk of head injury, because your head would have further to travel before impact, generating more force, and risking a graver injury."

The bottom line is, put your seat up when the flight attendant tells you to. A few more minutes of relaxation isn't worth the risk.

Virgin Atlantic Removes Makeup Requirement For Female Crew
Can Traveling Make You Constipated?
Cute Airport Outfits
British Airways Comic Relief In-Flight Safety Video
Busiest Days to Fly Out of Dubai International Airport
Virgin Atlantic Is Stopping Flights to Dubai – Here's Why
How to Find Cheap Summer Flights
Emirates Summer Sale | June 2018
Virtually Explore Dubai at DXB Airport
Priority Pass Airport Lounge Membership
Busiest Day For GCC Flight Bookings
How to Earn Emirates Skywards Miles at Dubai Mall With Emaar
Latest Career & Money
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds