What’s the first thing you worry about when you get on a plane? It’s probably related to turbulence or wondering if the person sitting next to you snores when they sleep, but according to a former airline pilot you should be concerned about how you will exit the plane in an emergency.
John Chesire, a retired airline captain, wrote on a Quora thread reported by Business Insider that he pays special attention to each airplane’s aisles to be prepared for emergencies.
“For one thing, I always look around to find the nearest emergency exit,” he wrote.
“Then I count the number of seats between me and that exit. It only takes a quick glance. I do this so if ever necessary, I can in the dark, or under water, or if there is smoke, or if upside down, I know beforehand where the exit is, and I can blindly count the number of seats by touch to reach that emergency exit row, because I have counted them,” Chesire added. “It’s quick and easy to do, every time.”
You know the safety cards that most passengers never look at? It’s probably a good idea to take a glance. According to HuffPost, even if you’re able to count ahead and reach the exit aisles in the event of an emergency, some exits open differently depending on the type of plane.
The final tip when it comes to preparing for an aviation emergency evacuation plan is to seek out a second or even a third exit from the plane in case the aisle closest to you is blocked.
(Via: Travel + Leisure)