“If the black box flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn’t the whole plane made out of that stuff?” -George Carlin
It’s true. We all do have loved ones or atleast heard of people flying out to a place and never returning. People travel around the world for a holiday or work or just any other event but sometimes, sometimes they end up getting booed by the sky. Don’t you miss them?
Trust us, you do not want to be giving that kind of missing to your loved ones. Ever.
So here are a few guidelines we list down to ensure a better chance at survival in case you ever happen to be on an ill-omened flight yourself.
This is because larger planes have more energy absorption power and their humungous built gives the passengers more rate of survival on the plane. So avoid regional carriers as far as possible.
- Comfortable Attire
Wear footwear and clothes that are comfortable enough for you to move around quickly in case of a crash alert. Hence, make sure the stuff you are wearing is not going to be hard on you. Best tip would be opting for shoes and avoiding those deadly stilettos and flammable nylon and polyester.
- Your seat
Your seat actually does play a major role in deciding your fate. If you are seated behind the wings, you’re in quite some luck. Make sure to sit on an aisle seat though. Sadly, all the people seated anywhere away from the first five rows closest to the emergency exit are going to have lesser chances at survival.
We know about how you might want to walk around in the plane, but do not do that unnecessarily. Avoid being out of your seat throughout the flight, regardless of anything and everything. Golden rule: Wear your seat belt at all times so you remain restrained.
- Read/pay attention to the instructions
Please do not avoid the flight attendants and the instructions they give and make it a point to hear everything that they say. This is the only information that is going to save your life. Also, read the instruction book very, very carefully.
- Take off and landing
Remember to be the most alert that you can during takeoff and landing because this is the time most number of air crashes or any kind of turmoil takes place. Fact: Most crashes take place post 3 minutes of takeoff or in the last eight minutes before landing. Hence this is the most crucial time to remain in your seats.
- Brace yourself
This actually means that in case you are in a plane crash, you should be sitting in the safest position possible. It is known as the brace position. Keep your feet straight and cradle your head against your knees or above or below the video screen.
- Panic less
The situation could drain you mentally and cause you to panic way too much. But do try to remain calm because the more you panic, the more prone you will be to making mistakes in exiting or even something as simple as unfastening your seatbelt.
- Oxygen masks
If your oxygen mask drops, put it on immediately without further ado. And as we are always told by the attendants, help yourself before you help or assist others. Period. This is because, you can actually fall unconscious within less than 20 seconds of an oxygen drop. Not kidding.
- Luggage is not your priority
Literally, leave your bags and carry-ons behind. It is better to ditch them rather than staying around for more time inside the plane and causing problem to yourself and others as well. Remember, this kind of delay is not going to benefit anyone.
There is going to be a lot of smoke in your plane which can make you unconscious just before getting out. Make sure to duck low under the cloud of smoke and try to cover yourself with anything possible at that point of time. Cue: Keep a hankie handy?
- Run for your life
We mean it literally because you’ve got precisely only 90 seconds to survive the crash. Try to remain calm through it because a ‘crazy you’ might not be beneficial to anyone. Try to remember the nearest exit doors’ explanation that was given at the start of the journey and do listen to your flight attendants’ post crash instructions carefully.
Keep all the above pointers in mind the next time you board a flight and believe us, you are at a better rate of survival.