No stowage in seatback pocket?

Old Jun 7, 22, 11:54 am
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No stowage in seatback pocket?

The head FA on a recent SEA-SFO flight (on an A220) specifically added that "laptops, water bottles, and other items [...] must be stowed under the seat in front of you, not in the seatback pocket" for takeoff and landing. I haven't flown DL in a few months, is this a new announcement linked to a policy change, or just a crew member saying something? FWIW, there seemed to be no enforcement of this instruction by any of the FAs.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 11:59 am
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According to FAA, smaller items are acceptable (eyeglasses, cellphones, tablets, e-books, etc. ). Items weighing 3 pounds or more (such as laptops) are not.
https://www.faa.gov/other_visit/avia.../InFO09018.pdf
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Old Jun 7, 22, 12:46 pm
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Yeah it's always been a FAR but not enforced very often (except usually for laptops). It's a safety hazard to stow large items in the seatback pocket.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 1:28 pm
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This has been the case for as long as I can remember. As others have said, mostly I see it enforced for anything that looks like a laptop, and not for anything else.
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This has been the rule on every us airline for years. Put the stuff away and move on.
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Old Jun 7, 22, 9:23 pm
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Thanks, this makes sense. It caught me off guard because this is the only time I've ever heard items that are not "large electronics" called out as prohibited for seatback pockets.
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Old Jun 8, 22, 4:25 am
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Originally Posted by redct View Post
Thanks, this makes sense. It caught me off guard because this is the only time I've ever heard items that are not "large electronics" called out as prohibited for seatback pockets.
Most likely FA simply going from memory and misspoke.
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Old Jun 8, 22, 11:12 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
Most likely FA simply going from memory and misspoke.
Perhaps, but I've heard a similar announcement recently on a different flight, specifically calling out water bottles as something not to put in the seatback pocket.
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Old Jun 12, 22, 4:23 am
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Technically, water bottles arenít supposed to be stowed in seatback pockets. So, the FA was correct. Most of us us look the other way on that one. I really only pay attention to heavier items in pockets.
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Old Jun 12, 22, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Twohitwonder View Post
Technically, water bottles arenít supposed to be stowed in seatback pockets. So, the FA was correct. Most of us us look the other way on that one. I really only pay attention to heavier items in pockets.
Well technically that PDB in plastic cup must be collected also.
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Old Jun 13, 22, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by Twohitwonder View Post
Technically, water bottles arenít supposed to be stowed in seatback pockets. So, the FA was correct. Most of us us look the other way on that one. I really only pay attention to heavier items in pockets.
Can you provide a reference for this prohibition? The only limitation I have seen is on weight (as noted above), so if one's water bottle is less than 3 pounds (roughly 1.3 liters), it should be legal in the seat back pocket.
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Old Jun 13, 22, 11:54 am
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I guess one thing to note is that on the A220 in F, it is impossible to store anything of any size in the upper seatback 'pocket' by the video screen as it is a hard enclosure that just holds the safety information card. Perhaps you can squeeze a phone in there. The lower traditional one you're allowed to put in light items like headphones, water bottle etc. The center console/armrest in the F seats has a area you can stow a tablet but likely won't fit a laptop.
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Old Jun 14, 22, 12:05 am
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Originally Posted by ExArkie View Post
Can you provide a reference for this prohibition? The only limitation I have seen is on weight (as noted above), so if one's water bottle is less than 3 pounds (roughly 1.3 liters), it should be legal in the seat back pocket.
Itís in our OBM, which I am not permitted to share here. Once Delta adds a rule or procedure, it becomes governed by the FAA. Granted, many of us use our own judgment on board.
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Old Jun 14, 22, 4:29 am
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Originally Posted by Twohitwonder View Post
Itís in our OBM, which I am not permitted to share here. Once Delta adds a rule or procedure, it becomes governed by the FAA. Granted, many of us use our own judgment on board.
DL should consider removing or making the seat back trash can smaller because it's a lot of work for ground crews. This is a longtime standard rule but FAs reading the rules and regulations as written is anything but standard.
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
Well technically that PDB in plastic cup must be collected also.
Iím curious what PDB is an acronym for.
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