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Posted by
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Because I am a total airline geek and general loser, I read the entire NTSB aviation accident report for US Air Flight 1549 (the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight) a few years ago.

A couple of interesting tidbits:

  • 25 passengers (17 percent) reported watching most of the preflight safety demonstration, and an additional 19 passengers (13 percent) reported watching some of the demonstration.
  • 12 passengers (8 percent) reported reading the safety information card before or during the flight.

Now... I always look at the safety information card... just so if the plane goes down and I survive, I can tell the NTSB investigator that I looked at it.

Posted by
31272 posts

That was a very entertaining video, and it also made some good points. I'll be looking forward to experiencing the "joys of flying" again, barely edible meals and getting my elbow whacked by the drink cart, whenever that's possible.

Posted by
2097 posts

Interesting video, and it highlights a very important point, humans are lousy at risk perception. Like people that are worried about flying but have no problems renting a car and driving away from the airport after they have arrived in a foreign country after a long flight.

Posted by
1831 posts

"More injuries from overhead luggage than turbulence", love it.

Posted by
1266 posts

Oh, the dreaded beverage cart
.... between that and skiing, we should be encouraging our smart young relatives to pursue orthopedics. I still have not recovered from Mikhail Barisnokof using one as a weapon in White nights

Posted by
1767 posts

I was once told by someone in aviation that the lifejackets make it easy to spot the bodies... Just saying

That said I agree with the ending... The risks of flying now are minimal!

And no, I don't really watch the video. But if you would like I can do the entire spiel from memory...

Posted by
831 posts

As an ex-business flyer, there were two safety tips I learned and used consistently. One, watch and listen to the safety demo. Yes, we could all recite it by heart, but there was some evidence that showed it primed your body and mind to react correctly and quickly on that day’s flight if something happened. Two, immediately upon entering your hotel room, drop your bags, go out and count doors to emergency exit. Write the answer, e.g., left/10 on a piece of paper and put it on your nightstand. In case of emergency, you will crawl down the hall in the right direction without second-guessing and be first at the stairwell.

That's 5 minutes at the start of each trip to improve my odds of survival. Pretty good risk mitigation.