Friday, January 16, 2009

Reading the Flight Safety Instructions

I am one of those airline passengers whose first activity after settling in my seat is to pull out the flight safety card and read it - one reason I do this is to determine what sort of airplane I am on (I am not sufficiently an anorak to know by looking) but I am also interested on what to do if something goes wrong.
The landing, so to speak, of USAir 1549 on the Hudson River will encourage this habit. Though it does seem that even those passengers who are indifferent to safety instructions also survived, so maybe there is a lack of logic to my reaction.
The story seems to have involved some piloting skills comparable to the Air Canada Gimli Glider story.


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