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|airport : zzz.airport
|agl single value : 0
|common carrier : air carrier
|Make Model Name
|Embraer Undifferentiated or Other Model
|Operating Under FAR Part
|ground : preflight
ground : parked
ground : maintenance
|company : air carrier
|flight crew : captain
oversight : pic
|pilot : atp
|company : air carrier
|maintenance : technician
|aircraft equipment problem : critical
maintenance problem : non compliance with mel
non adherence : company policies
non adherence : far
non adherence : published procedure
|other flight crewa
|none taken : detected after the fact
|performance deficiency : non compliance with legal requirements
|Chart Or Publication
Maintenance Human Performance
Seat X was MEL'ed because the recline mechanism cover was missing. Maintenance did all the paperwork. The seat was MEL'ed completely. Maintenance put a 'do not use' sticker on it. Upon reading the MEL, it says to place a 'do not occupy' sign on the seat. I questioned maintenance about it. I was told because the 'do not occupy' sign did not stick to the seat surface, it tended to disappear, thus creating another problem. I was later questioned about this new practice and I could not find a consistent answer from management. No passenger used or occupied that seat.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN EMBRAER 145 CAPT RPTS SPECIAL MEL PROC FOR DEFERRING A PAX SEAT IS INADEQUATE. 'DO NOT OCCUPY' PLACARD DOES NOT STICK TO SEAT.
Narrative: SEAT X WAS MEL'ED BECAUSE THE RECLINE MECHANISM COVER WAS MISSING. MAINT DID ALL THE PAPERWORK. THE SEAT WAS MEL'ED COMPLETELY. MAINT PUT A 'DO NOT USE' STICKER ON IT. UPON READING THE MEL, IT SAYS TO PLACE A 'DO NOT OCCUPY' SIGN ON THE SEAT. I QUESTIONED MAINT ABOUT IT. I WAS TOLD BECAUSE THE 'DO NOT OCCUPY' SIGN DID NOT STICK TO THE SEAT SURFACE, IT TENDED TO DISAPPEAR, THUS CREATING ANOTHER PROB. I WAS LATER QUESTIONED ABOUT THIS NEW PRACTICE AND I COULD NOT FIND A CONSISTENT ANSWER FROM MGMNT. NO PAX USED OR OCCUPIED THAT SEAT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.