Airplane crashes can happen at any time and for any reason. When we board a commercial aircraft, we often feel like we are at the mercy of the pilot and the large vessel that will be carrying us. Many people feel like they have absolutely no control over whether they survive a crash or not.
While this is partly true because there are many things we cannot control during the flight, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of survival.
If you are a frequent flyer, you probably tune out the safety talk when you get on the plane. Many people board the airplane, kick off their shoes, put on their eye mask, insert their ear buds and drift off to sleep. It is very important to listen to the safety talk. During that talk, you will learn more about the aircraft you are on and how to handle different emergencies should they arise. You will be told where the emergency exits are, where the flotation devices are and how to get out of the airplane, among other safety instructions.
The same goes for the safety card in the seat pocket. Take it out and read through it. It will show you an airplane map and indicate where the emergency doors are in relation to your seat. The safety card, as well as the safety talk, will also explain how to brace in case of a crash.
In our next post, we will continue our conversation about airplane crash survival tips.