We have all been there: a long wait in the departure lounge; preceded by a mammoth journey to the airport; followed by filing onto the aeroplane in the silly hours of the morning to jet off for a holiday or a business trip. When all of this is done the last thing you want is a lecture of the safety procedures on a plane; after all only one in ten million planes actually crash. But instead of snoozing, it may help avoid the need for a travel accident compensation claim to pay attention.
Will listening really help me avoid a holiday mishap?
Yes. Statistically speaking you are unlikely to need to act on the information being fired at you with the majority of commercial flights arriving at their destinations promptly and safely. However, you may be one of the unlucky ones and it’s best to be prepared for any eventuality.
No matter how often you fly, it’s important to remember that different flight companies have different rules and various planes have unique layouts. In the event of an incident, you will need to be able to manoeuvre yourself to an exit swiftly and safely, and this could be difficult if you don’t know where you’re going.
Pre-flight demonstrations also show you how to find important safety equipment, such as oxygen masks. Tools like these could be vital in saving your life and avoiding travel-based accidents.
Paying attention to the demonstration also allows you to formulate a plan to use in the event of a crash. Planning ahead can ease you through any unfortunate incidents and allow you to keep safe.
Listening in also allows you to interact with the cabin crew and ask about anything you may be unsure of. It’s always worth remembering that staff are fully trained and can assist you with any problem while you are on the flight.
They may seem boring and, at times a little needless, but pre-flight safety announcements can actually be the difference between life and death. Instead of snoozing it may be worth staying awake for the extra ten minutes to ensure you have a stress-free trip.