Traveling through an airplane is very safe.
In fact, most safety experts believe that the probability that you will get injured in a car accident is exponentially higher than getting involved in a plane accident.
However, we still cannot ignore the fact that there are some plane accidents and it would not hurt to be prepared just in case.
Here are some plane crash survival tips that you should know before travelling:
1. Book a seat near the exit â the key to surviving a plane crash is being able to get out as soon as possible. Being near the exit gives you the advantage of being able to get out before those at the back.
2. Pay attention to preflight safety speech â Even if you heard it before; make sure that you listen to the preflight safety speech every time you travel so that the information will be embedded to your brain.
3. Make an exit plan â once you are seated, check the route that is nearest to the exit. Count the number of seats before the exit as well so that in case there is minimal visibility, you can use the chairs as guide towards the exit.
4. Keep your seatbelts on â Do not remove your seatbelt even if you are sleeping so that in case something goes wrong you are already buckled.
5. Brace yourself before impact â follow either instructions:
6. If there is a seat in front of you, place one hand over the other (palms down) and lay it on the back of the seat in front of you; after which you rest your forehead over your hands.
7. If there is no seat in front, bend forward and place your chest on your thighs and your head between the knees.
8. Put on your oxygen mask â You only have about 15 seconds to get your oxygen mask over your head once the airplane cabin is punctured or compromised.
9. Avoid smoke â Most of the time, it is not the crash that actually kills the majority of passengers in the plane crash; it's the smoke. So cover your nose and mouth with a piece of cloth. It would be better if the cloth is damp or moistened.
10. Get out immediately â As said before, the key to surviving a plane crash is to get out as soon as you can. Do not try to save your belongings just scram and get to a safe distance from the plane. Do not stray too far away from the plane, though, as rescuers will first search for survivors within the vicinity of the crash.
As a common carrier, they have a duty to exercise high level of care in ensuring your safety.
If you survived a plane crash, you can sue the airline for the injuries and losses you sustained.