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Seat allocation made mandatory in airlines

All domestic airlines in India will now have to allocate seat and row numbers to ensure correct loading.

business Updated: May 02, 2007 02:49 IST

The government on Tuesday made it compulsory for all domestic airlines to allocate seat and row numbers to passengers to ensure correct loading of the aircraft.

According to a Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in New Delhi, passengers will be allotted specific seats, which will be indicated in their boarding passes.

The move will ensure keeping the centre of gravity within limits at all times during flight, said an official statement.

The person in-charge of loading the aircraft would be given the responsibility to ensure that the weight and balance of the aircraft and its centre of gravity shall be within limits.

It said that allocation of seats will also avoid confusion among passengers over seating arrangements and in cases of emergency, specific seat numbers given to certain passengers will be helpful for investigation purposes.