It's easy to zone out during the safety announcement — especially if you're a very frequent flyer. But although you've heard most of it before, there's some things you won't ever hear, among them some interesting and slightly frightening bits of information.
George Hobica from airfarewatchdog attended BA's Flight Safety Awareness Course and picked up a handful of gems, including the reasons behind some of the well-established rules.
1. You have 15 seconds to fit your own mask first
Emergency decompression on the plane? If the air gets sucked out, you have roughly 15 seconds before you start going loopy from lack of oxygen. That's why you're always told to fit your own oxygen mask before helping those around you.
2. Brace with your stronger hand closer to your head
When you brace with your hands over the back of your head, it's to to protect your noggin from anything falling. Your weaker hand will provide some protection for your stronger hand — which, fatalistically speaking, you need more..
3. Check that nobody's nicked your life jacket...
Do a quick check for the location of that red tab when you sit down, and make sure there's a life jacket there too — you'd be shocked at how many people filch a yellow souvenir every day.
"People take those life jackets, located under or between your seat, as souvenirs" Hobica writes "It’s a vile and punishable offense, and while airlines do check each seat at the start of every day, a plane could make several trips in a day, during any one of which a passenger could steal a life vest."
4. ...but most passengers will forget them anyway
Remember that US Airways plane that famously landed on the Hudson River in New York? Even then, only a few passengers actually put on their life jackets. Go figure!
5. Can you lift a 20 kg overwing door?
That's about how much the exit row doors weigh on certain kinds of plane. You'll need to activate the latch mechanism, lift the doors and chuck them out of the plane.
Think about that the next time the airline seats someone less than burly in the exit row next to you!
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