Bath_VIP – 05/11/2015 16:43 GMT
I sympathise with your frustration, but airlines are obliged to apply CAA rules on exit seat criteria:
You can reference the following at http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx/doc/148/docs/80/airport_data/1996annual/default.aspx?catid=5&pagetype=90&pageid=9855
“The following categories of passengers are among those who should not be allocated to, or directed to, seats which permit direct access to emergency exits :
Passengers suffering from obvious physical, or mental handicap to the extent that they would have difficulty in moving quickly if asked to do so.
Passengers who are either substantially blind or substantially deaf to the extent that they might not readily assimilate printed or verbal instructions given.
Passengers who because of age or sickness are so frail that they have difficult in moving quickly.
Passengers who are so obese that they would have difficulty in moving quickly or reaching and passing through the adjacent emergency exit.
Children (whether accompanied or not) and infants.
Deportees or prisoners in custody.
Passengers with animals.”