thank you for your comments, however I beg to differ. There are NO crew positioned at the center emergency exits; if there was my post would be irrelevant and it would never have been written. In an emergency the crew are instructed to attend door front left and right and door rear left and right, NOT the doors at row 12/13. In fact the crew briefing to passengers, i seem to recall, include the words "in the case of an emergency we will have to remain at the front and the back of the airplane" or maybe that was on Jetstar)
the only people who are briefed about the emergency exits at row 12/13 are those who are sitting there on take off (as their allocated seat). therefore, if there is no one sitting in those rows (for whatever reason (including the "I do not want to pay S$25") then there is no on who is briefed. In answer to an earlier post that passengers can read the briefing card - many (if not most) of the passengers who are flying are not experienced travelers and for a variety of reasons including language they will not even look a the emergency briefing card - never mind understand it.
So i ask you to reconsider - there is an aircraft substantially full of inexperienced travelers, seated through out the aircraft, except for row 12 and 13. these travelers do not, as was suggested by an earlier response, read the safety briefing card avidly - and in the event of an emergency no one is briefed on the use of the center safety exits - would you agree wiht me that to have no one in row 12.13 is more dangerous than having a briefed passenger(s) in row 12/13.
If these rows are vacant it is Tiger policy that is contributing to the fact.
In my experience I have only ever known the seats to be allocated to those who have paid the surcharge. I do know that these seats are NOT allocated on request, a fact confirmed by a Tiger Duty manager (if it has happened, as I am sure it has, it is the exception and not policy)
So, I restate my case, exit rows that are not manned by cabin crew, and will not be manned by cabin crew, that do not have passengers who are briefed on the opening of the emergency exits, can be more dangerous than exits that are have briefed passengers. I do not discount a briefed passenger panicing and being next to useless.
I believe that the Tiger policy of charging a high premium for these seats, and the refusal to (a) allocate these seats to anyone who have not paid and (b) the inability for a passenger to voluntarily change seats before take off - which is an understandable regulation - contirbutes to a more dangerous situation than that where passengers are allocated to exit rows irrespective of the payment or status...
I make these points - just in case there are any cynics reading --yes i can afford to pay, and three hours is not a lifetime, and twenty odd years in and around the airline industry does provide me with some degree of insight.
However, I might be being anal, pedantic, or even paranoid -- I don't know -- but my submission is what i think -- and is just MHO. and if you beleive it is badly written or badly argued, then so be it.... And if you disagree, one mans meat etc etc - but thank you for reading