By the time the flight attendants start going over emergency landing procedures, you’ve probably popped in your earbuds and are flipping through your onboard reading material. And although the chances of dying in a plane crash are pretty slim, the safety information is actually pretty good to know given that it can increase your chances of survival. Dave Inch, captain of a Boeing 787 used by airlines such as United Airlines and British Airways, created a post on Quora about the best techniques for survival, as revealed by Business Insider.
The first step is to prepare for the crash and your escape route. This means taking sharp objects out of your pockets, loosening your belt and taking off ties and scarves. If you are wearing glasses or high heels, take those off too.
Your next step is find all the exits because not all of them can be used if the plane lands on water. After that, count the number of rows you’ll need to go through to get to them in case the plane fills with smoke and you are unable to see.
Follow directions. Don’t get out of your seat unless a flight attendant tells you to do so. Don’t open doors or windows unless you are instructed to. In a smoky situation, cover your mouth with a cloth and try to keep low to the ground.
Captain Dave emphasized the importance of following instructions and not taking photos and videos of the ordeal if it impedes your ability to survive.
Don’t inflate your life vest until you are out the door because you could get trapped and be unable to swim underwater to an exit.
Once out of the plane, keep away to avoid smoke and flames but don’t wander too far so that you can be accounted for.
Most of all, the pilot stressed following instructions to increase your chances of survival.