Just in Case: A Passenger's Guide to Airplane Safety and Survival

Just in Case: A Passenger's Guide to Airplane Safety and Survival

Just in Case: A Passenger's Guide to Airplane Safety and Survival

Just in Case: A Passenger's Guide to Airplane Safety and Survival

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The purpose of this book is to provide you, the airline passenger, with a greater confidence in your ability to survive aircraft accidents. It gives specific steps that can improve your chances of surviving an accident, whether that accident occurs in flight, on the ground, or in the water. It is not a book that indicts the aviation community for not improving airline safety. There have been numerous books, as well as magazine articles and television documentaries, which have attempted this. They have decried, sometimes hysterically, apparent inadequacies in how airplanes are manufactured, how they are maintained by the airlines, how they are flown by the pilots, and how they are controlled by the air traffic controllers.

When an accident occurs and passengers are injured and killed, there is much concern about who is to blame and what changes must be made. The causes of accidents must be determined, and any inadequacies in the design, maintenance, and control of the plane must be eliminated. However, the entire responsibility for accidental deaths or injuries cannot be shifted to others. We, as passengers, must assume some responsibility for our own well-being. There has been no media coverage of passengers who disregard their own safety, and in so doing jeopardize the safety of others. Yet many in the airline industry have heard people say, almost proudly, that they never pay attention to the flight attendant or read the safety pamphlet. If there is such a passenger between you and the only exit aboard a burning plane, his self-imposed ignorance about how to operate that exit affects your survival.

I won't quote numerous statistics that prove how safe flying on com-

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