Jump Seat – Glossary Definition

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Airbus A319 door and jump seat definition
This is an Airbus A319 door and jump seat (on the left). Taken by Wikimedia Commons user C. Doyle, originally via Flickr. [CC BY-SA 2.0].

What is a Jump Seat?

A jump seat is a flight term referring to an auxiliary (extra) seat for non-passenger persons who are not operating the aircraft, such as the cabin crew or perhaps a trainee pilot in the flight deck. A jump seat is often used to denote a drop-down seat that flight attendants strap themselves into during takeoff and landing.

Jump seat may also be spelled as a single word, jumpseat. Also check out the Sharon Stone jump seat.

More on Jump Seats

There are usually several jump seats throughout the cabin, one for at least each flight attendant onboard, as well as a few extras (for additional employees, perhaps, such as non-rev passengers or deadheading crew members). There is often a jump seat in the cockpit, as well, for training pilots or observers.

The PIC (pilot-in-command) is in charge of instructing the relevant cabin crew members to take their seats in the jump seat.

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