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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 135.265

Passengers in seats adjacent to emergency exits

             (1)  The operator of an aeroplane for a flight contravenes this subregulation if, during the flight, the requirement mentioned in subregulation (2) is not met.

             (2)  The requirement is that the pilot in command of the aeroplane for the flight must be satisfied that each person occupying a seat adjacent to an emergency exit:

                     (a)  is a suitable person; or

                     (b)  is accompanied or assisted, for the flight, by a suitable person who can access the emergency exit.

             (3)  The operator of an aeroplane for a flight contravenes this subregulation if, when the flight begins:

                     (a)  a suitable person is occupying a seat adjacent to an emergency exit; and

                     (b)  the suitable person has not agreed to assist the aeroplane's crew with the evacuation of the aeroplane in an emergency.

             (4)  The operator of an aeroplane for a flight contravenes this subregulation if, when the flight begins:

                     (a)  a person other than a suitable person is occupying a seat adjacent to an emergency exit; and

                     (b)  a suitable person is, for the flight, accompanying or assisting the person; and

                     (c)  the suitable person has not agreed to assist the aeroplane's crew with the evacuation of the aeroplane in an emergency.

             (5)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person contravenes subregulation (1), (3) or (4).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.



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