Empty seats by emergency doors a flight risk

I was on a budget airline flight recently and was the only passenger seated by a emergency door.

Before the flight, an attendant told me that in case of an emergency, I would need to assist in opening the door.

I highlighted to the head attendant that it was unsafe that no one was seated next to the other emergency doors. She explained that this was because those seats were premium ones.

This is a compromise on safety. I hope the authorities are aware of this and will take action before it is too late.

Chui Tau Siong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2017, with the headline 'Empty seats by emergency doors a flight risk'. Print Edition | Subscribe