Jumpseating Question

When you jump-seat on an airplane are you always in the cabin or can you go to a normal seat if space is available? If you are stuck in the cockpit, can you still be on your iPad and listen to music? Or do you have to be actively aware and helping the pilots?


Generally if there’s a seat available in the cabin you’ll get that. Technically if you’re in the cockpit you’re an additional “crewmember” and as such should conduct yourself appropriately. That said most pilots don’t expect a JSer to be actively participating so as long as what you’re doing doesn’t violate any airline procedures or regs or distract the crew you can do as you like. Proper etiquette dictates you ALWAYS ask first before turning on any device.

As long as we’re on the subject take a look at this story I posted not that long ago: How NOT to get to a Major


Okay, thank you Adam! I will take a look at that post.


A jumpseater is considered to be an additional crew member. As such, they are subject to the same rules and regulations that the pilots are.

Now if a seat comes open in the back, the jumpseater is free to go sit there, but otherwise they are part of the crew and need to behave as such.


Furthermore, there is a FAA regulation that prevents the use of any non-approved electronic device in the cockpit of an airliner, this stems from a Notthwest Airlines incident many years ago.