Forum: Emergency exit-row seat passengers should not be served alcohol

A man drinks a glass of wine in Germany, on Sept 11, 2019.
A man drinks a glass of wine in Germany, on Sept 11, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

On a flight last week to Singapore, I reserved an emergency exit-row seat. Booking of these seats require confirmation of our physical ability and willingness to act as briefed upon an emergency evacuation call from the pilots.

I noticed that some of my fellow passengers occupying emergency exit-row seats were served alcohol; one of them drank enough that his speech and mobility, as noticed when disembarking, were impaired.

In my opinion, serving alcohol to passengers occupying emergency exit-row seats should be stopped as it potentially impacts the safety of all passengers during an emergency.

Gopalan Ravishankar

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2019, with the headline 'Emergency exit-row seat passengers should not be served alcohol'. Print Edition | Subscribe