Dear Readers: You might pick a seat in the emergency exit row on the airplane because it has more legroom. That's understandable, but be aware that if you sit in the emergency exit row, you have to be prepared to help the crew, if necessary.
Here are some of the requirements that airlines have, which are in compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration:
Be able to read and understand printed instructions.
Be willing and able to follow commands from the crew.
Be able to communicate to other passengers.
You must have excellent eyesight and hearing.
You can't have pets or young children with you in the row.
The use of a seatbelt extender in the emergency row is not allowed.
This is a partial list—contact your airline before you board for a complete list of requirements. Safety is always priority one!—Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I'm texting, I've found that it's quicker to type the lowercase "L" instead of shifting to make a capital "I." It looks the same. Just an observation!—Jody W., age 14, Hammond, Ind.
Dear Heloise: I take full advantage of the concierge in hotels. Concierges know the discounts to shows, restaurants, and even how to get services like dry cleaning and spa appointments. A concierge is a key player in the hotel staff—use him or her, and tip if the service is extraordinary!—Robin S., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Definitely make friends with the hotel staff, including the concierge. It's their job to help us have an enjoyable, fulfilling and safe stay at their property.
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