Have you ever heard this saying, “The more things change the more they stay the same?” It is certainly true of the safety information process when we fly. From the time you enter the airport to the time you board the aircraft; many savvy changes have been adopted to replace the ones we used many years ago.
We have seen upgrades to first and business class and even to coach. Some for the better. Others? Well… You might probably be sprinting ahead thinking of all the changes that have occurred. I suggest these: seating, baggage, boarding, TSA processing, etc. just to name a few.
One protocol that remains no matter how quickly the TSA lines are navigated, what boarding letter (A – E) assigned, what seat assignment given, or how well the two allowed pieces of luggage are stowed away, is the practice of – the safety demonstration. It must be done just before take-off.
Believe it or not, flying is not my favorite form of travel. Unlike driving my car, I am acutely aware that once I leave the ground I am no longer in charge. Therefore, attention to details and any safety instructions given becomes paramount for me. In the air, I trust that God will take me to my destination safely, but I pay strict attention to the Captain, Co-pilot and stewardesses whenever announcements are given while taxiing. However, to my dismay, many times I witness others preoccupied with all the on-board attractions/distractions. Hardly are the safety-cards in the seat pockets reviewed (this observation is not a blanket statement) as the cabin crew go over the safety regulations, but many are busy making themselves comfortable, chatting, eating, etc.
Even though most airline carriers are hi-tech and use the immediate seat-back screens to get their safety messages across, a stewardess must still stand in the aisle to demonstrate the process. From my observations, it seems what’s more important is flipping through the in-flight menu/catalog, looking out the window and generally not paying attention to the safety spiel.
Yes, it may be rote for the frequent flyer, but one that they certainly cannot afford to ignore, no matter how often they fly the open skies, and one that the infrequent flyer can’t dismiss. I cannot tell whether the technology is a more effective way to grab the attention of the traveler, but what I can tell you is I hardly ever see the safety cards in the seat pockets removed and reviewed by fellow passengers.
How seriously do you follow the instructions? Do you look around for the exit doors when pointed out? Do you check under the seats to see if the life-vest is there? Granted, the seating process becomes a bit harried at the end to prepare for the take-off. It is not the opportune time to poke around or pull the seat up to find the life-jacket, thereby delaying other passengers from sitting. However, you might find paying close attention may make the world of difference in an emergency.
Community Peeps, do you pay attention to the stewardesses’ safety methods? Do you prefer the directives given via in-flight entertainment screen or by person? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. In closing, I think it is still a good idea to pay attention to the safety guidelines and demonstration, and be able to identify where the exit doors are if necessary. What are your observations?
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I don’t fly a lot but I once flew an airline that had the instruction being voiced and demonstrated on the screen on the seat. I honestly think it’s the best way given that today you will have passengers flipping through channels for movies and music instead of listening and watching the stewards. It’s gets everyone’s attention and also saves the necks of those far behind from the pain of struggling to see the action from the stewards.
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Good points. Giving safety instruction via technology may force the flyer to pay attention momentarily, or at least we hope so. I fly a few times in the year and always make it a point to listen and watch the cabin crew as they go through the routine to see where my exit points are and to refresh on how to apply the safety measures. I appreciate your comment and hope it gets the conversation flowing on knowing the safety rules when we fly. Thank you.
Hi! I’m a frequent flyer, so I know the spiel. If I’m flying an airline I know well, I only listen to the safety chat with half an ear (but I’m also practiced at always checking the nearest exits to me). I listen more closely on an unfamiliar airline but still not riveted to it – they tend to be similar. I agree newbies should listen up!
But I do wish the safety card was not in the seat back: I am not and will not touch anything in there. I have watched too many people stash used tissues and the like in there until they can be collected.
So no, I don’t read the safety card. Maybe I should but I calculate my chances of getting the flu are higher than an emergency landing.
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You raised a great point about the seat-back cards (that’s why it’s good to have these conversations) but like you said and I do believe, many people listen with half an ear. Reasons being we are distracted with other things and once we think we have the drill down-pack we loosen our guard.
I have never had the flu, but I have been sick ( runny nose, head cold,etc.) after traveling on an airplane. No doubt it’s a virus caught on board. I thank God every time I arrive safely.
I like your thoughts on the subject and hope others will pick up on this conversation. I appreciate your comment. Thank you.
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Thank you. Do you buy stuff at the airport besides food? I appreciate your comment. 😊
I don’t like to fly myself so I, much like yourself, pay attention to every safety announcement and read everything I can. I also leave things in Jehovah God’s hands and pray I get to my destination safely. It makes me uneasy to see people eating and talking during the safety rundown. Maybe I just need to relax and pray more (1 Thessalonians 5:17) but whenever I’m not in control of my destiny I’m very uneasy.
Your comment was in my spam box, sorry for the late reply. No matter where we are, whether in the air, on land or at sea, it is a good habit to pay close attention to the safety instructions, it just might save your own life or another’s, but it is always best to practice entrusting our lives into God’s unchanging hands. Thanks for your comment. It is appreciated.
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