Ask the Captain: Why do seat backs need to be upright and tray tables stowed during takeoff and landing?

Why do we have to put our seat backs up for landing and takeoff, especially when it’s less than an inch?

– Pgardzina, Montana

The FAA requires that seat backs be upright for take off and landing to provide as much room as possible for the people behind you to get to the aisle in the event of an emergency evacuation. 

This requirement has been in place for decades. 

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