Ever Wondered Why Airline Seats Must Be Upright During Takeoff?

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Taking off is dangerous.

Most of us have been on an airplane at least once in our lives. At least a couple of times during the flight we are told to put our seats in an upright position. Usually, these times are right before the plane takes off and right before it lands. Sometimes during the flight the instruction will be given as well. Do you know why this is an important thing to do? Have you ever wondered why it matters how your seat is positioned?

One reason is that the seat has a locking mechanism in it to hold it in place. The only time that this is activated is when it's in the upright position. This holds it in place and is the safest position for the seat to be in. If it’s reclined back it can’t lock into place.

Another reason is that when your seat is in the upward position it creates more room for the person in back of you. This makes it easier for them to get out of their seat in case of emergency. It works the same for you. When the person in front of you has their seat up, if the need arises, you can evacuate that much quicker and easier.

There are several other reasons for this practice as well. Read on for the rest of this important information.


Taking off is one of the two most dangerous times of a flight. That's why you have to have your seat in the upright position during take off.

Christian Junker | Photography
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