Safe body positions in case of emergency landing are indicated in the safety leaflet. No matter how stupid they may seem, they really increase the odds of surviving an emergency landing. They help cushion the head impact against the front seat by reducing the speed of its movement and to minimize the chances of injuring the limbs. Also, make sure your seat belts are securely fastened. They can withstand a load of almost 3,300 pounds – you can trust them.
10. Forget about hand luggage, think about children
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Imagine that the plane crashes and makes an emergency landing. You survived. What do you have to do? Run to the nearest emergency exit, because you only have 90 seconds. Forget about the hand luggage and the luggage in the overhead bins. You will only waste precious time and block the life-saving path for the rest. Also, you can injure someone with your suitcases if you go down the emergency escape slide. You will get new things when you get home safe. If you run headlong from an airplane, don’t forget about your spouse and children. It happens. In emergency situations, our brain shuts down everything, except for the primal instinct of survival, so keep repeating to yourself: “I'm with children, I have children” (if you do). Ideally, you need to drill an emergency plan with your spouse and children, so that everybody knows who takes whom to the emergency exit. Remember one more thing: don’t count on the crew and flight attendants in the case of an emergency, be ready to take action on your own. Of course, let's hope that we will all be safe and nothing will ever happen to any of us. Still, forewarned is forearmed.
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