I thought about this when I wrote about the Mango Airlines R1 Special yesterday. I thought it was common knowledge so I asked a few people and not one single person I asked knew the real reason. Lots of people had their quick jokes about how “you’ll die if you don’t put your seat back up” when the plane lands. So here we go: You have to have your seat in the upright position so that anyone can easily move up and down the aisles to help people in the event of an incident. There you go, it is that simple. Not to save your life in the event of a crash, just to make it easier for survivors to evacuate or get help into the aircraft.