How to Improve Your Chances of Surviving a Plane Crash

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1.) Pay careful attention to the safety briefing.
You may have heard it a dozen (or several hundred) times before, but it’s a good exercise to raise your overall awareness level during the flight.

2.) Be fully aware during critical phases of flight.
Knowledgeable fliers leave their shoes on, leave their headphones off, and are extra vigilant during takeoff and landing, which are the periods when approximately 80% of all plane crashes take place.

3.) Read the safety card when the briefing ends.
Think of it as a map that will lead you to safety because that’s exactly what it is. There’s a good chance your fellow passengers haven’t read it and weren’t listening during the briefing but they aren’t reading this article, either.

4.) Know where the closest and second closest exits are.
If you watch the safety briefing and read the safety information card in your seat pocket, you will know exactly where they are and where you have to go in an emergency. If your first choice of exits is blocked, you will have a second choice.

5.) Keep your seatbelt fastened at all times when not moving about the cabin.
Several recent incidents involving clear turbulence and numerous injuries demonstrate the need to buckle in and stay buckled. Place the buckle low and tight over your lap and tighten the strap to minimize slack. Turbulence can and will lift you briefly out of your seat without warning and deposit you back down on your seat, the floor, your neighbor, or a passing galley cart.

6.) Learn the brace position and practice assuming it at home until it becomes second nature.
The brace position increases your chances of surviving a plane crash dramatically as it reduces the velocity of your head when it strikes the seat in front and keeps your limbs from flailing about. It’s helpful to understand what this involves before you are in a situation where a flight attendant is shouting “Brace! Brace! Brace!”

7.) Move quickly.
If something happens, take immediate action. With an average of 90 seconds to evacuate, waiting even 30 seconds in your seat can make the difference between life and death.

8.) Dress for success.
Avoid flip-flops and high heels as well as shorts. If a crash occurs, you may have to pass through wreckage and being properly attired will help lessen or avoid injury.

9.) Leave luggage behind, take women and children with you.
In an age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, do you want to be the twit carrying luggage down the slide whose photo is viewed by 50 million people?

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