9 simple tips to help you survive a plane crash

Caroline McGuire, The Sun

New York Post

8th March 2017

On March 8, 2014, the Malaysia Flight 370 became one of the most famous plane crashes in history when it flew into the South Indian Ocean and investigators have spent the following three years looking into the cause of the incident. While huge strides have been made in flight safety, there will always be plane crashes, but according to one aviation expert, there are numerous things you can do to make sure you survive unscathed. Christine Negroni has just released a book on and she told Sun Online that getting on a plane is one of the least risky things you can do in life, so long as you take precautions.

Here are Christine’s tips to follow if you want to avoid dying in a plane crash. Try to avoid airlines from countries that are lightly regulated, as their mechanics, controllers, and inspectors are not likely to be as well funded. You get what you pay for in aviation and people who pay the low fares have to understand that cheap tickets mean that the airline is undercutting — they have to pay for fuel, employees, and maintenance just like every other company, so what is being cut? This rule doesn’t apply to carriers like Southwest, as they are making their money elsewhere by charging for things like luggage.

In an emergency situation, many people go through a type of paralysis called negative panic where they’re frightened but don’t do anything, so they look around to see what others are doing. If no one has paid attention during the safety briefing then you get a cascading problem of passengers who remain in their seats when they should get up, or who leave their seats back so the person behind can’t get out. A plane is a safe method of transportation, so if you’re on an flight and have to function the next day, I say take the sleeping pill.

But make sure you’ve listened to the briefing, seen where your nearest exit is, and noticed the age and weight of your neighbor first. The riskiest time on a flight is during landing and I think it should be a rule to have shoes on during this time. If you escape an aircraft, the floor could be very hot or cold, it might be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield — you won’t want to be barefoot.

Everyone is wearing yoga pants on airplanes now, but I avoid all artificial fibers because they are more likely to burn and stick to you if there is a fire. I’d say wear cotton clothes or anything made of natural fibers. With turbulence, there is often no warning, so when the pilot advises you to wear your seatbelt at all times on the plane, they really mean it.

Do not reach up and grab your bag from the overhead locker in the event of a crash, leave it behind. If you know you’ll want your phone, keep it with you. Don’t drink heavily.

Have one drink but any more and you could make judgment errors in an emergency. Don’t block out the sounds on and landing, because you need to know if the flight attendants are saying something. This article on .

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