And why you have no right to stop or scold them for doing so, regardless if you are a frequent flyer or not.
The emergency exit door of every aircraft is a major and essential safety feature of an aircraft. It allows quicker evacuation incase of an unfortunate incident like a crash landing or fire on board. These emergency exit doors are located between the main doors of an aircraft, and during an immediate emergency evacuation, passengers seated beside them should be able to quickly open them right away.
That being said, it is mandatory for passengers to know how to open the emergency exit doors and that it is the duty of cabin crew members to brief every passenger seated at the emergency exit row of an aircraft.
Lately though, we have been receiving a barrage of stories from flight attendants that now, passengers would even scold their cabin crew for briefing them about the emergency exit? It's just like scolding someone who is merely teaching you how to succeed in life.
So let's get to the low down of this.
We pay for our airplane tickets to get from point A to point B safely, right? So once we step inside an aircraft, we expect to get to our destination safely. Nevertheless, we know that any manmade object is not perfect and anything could happen, hence, it is always best to be ready for anything, right?
The aircraft is equipped with safety features incase of emergencies like oxygen masks, life vests, escape path marking, emergency exit doors, and the most important of them all, flight attendants! They are there to ensure your safety and to make sure you know how to use all those safety features, hence, the reason why they have to brief you about the emergency exit doors, same way as they brief you about oxygen masks and all.
Regardless of how much of a frequent flyer you are, it is important that you have to allow your flight attendant to brief you regarding the exit doors without having to shoo them off! And yes as a passenger, you are obligated to pay attention to them
Here are the reasons why they have to do the briefing all the time regardless if the passenger is a frequent flyer or not:
So why don't we have any right to stop our cabin crew from doing the emergency exit briefing regardless of how many times we fly or not? Simple! That was exactly what we paid for, to fly to our destinations safely and in one piece. Part of the safety procedure when flying is to know how and when to use the safety and emergency equipment on board and that's why you are briefed about the emergency exit door.
Last but not least, listening or paying attention to your cabin crew will not diminish your value as a person, trust us on that. It will even take less than a minute for your cabin crew to explain how to open the emergency exit doors.
While it is a cabin crew's duty to ensure our safety on board, it is our duty as passengers to listen, obey, and follow their safety instructions! Other than it being part of the Conditions of Carriage that you agreed to when you booked your ticket, the emergency exit briefing is all for our own safety on board.