The dangerous mistake passengers make on flights which could cost you your life

NEXT time you are waiting for your flight to take off, you might be tempted to ignore the safety demonstration.

However, experts have warned that this can have fatal consequences, even if you think you know the rules.


Passengers who ignore the safety demonstration are putting their lives at risk – with some emergency situations having fatal consequencesCredit: Getty

It is mandatory on all airlines to perform the demonstration before take-off, which often shows the emergency exits, as well as how to use the life jackets and oxygen masks.

But with travellers using the time during the demonstration to sleep or start watching films, it means missing out on very important advice.

And in some emergency situations, it even led to the death of some passengers, which could have been avoided.

In 1996, 125 of the 175 passengers onboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight died after the plane was hijacked, which resulted in it crashing in the water.

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Passengers inflated their life jackets in the plane, despite the advice warning to only inflate them when outside of the cabin.

The cabin then filled with water – leaving everyone trapped inside as their inflated life jackets meant they couldn’t escape.

In 2005, an Air France plane over-ran the runway, leading to a number of passengers being injured as well because they ignored the seat belt advice.

The report following the crash stated: “The use of a seat belt might sound very simple, but you’d be surprised how many passengers are injured during unexpected turbulence because they’ve removed their seatbelt inflight.

“Most airlines recommend during the safety demonstration that the seatbelt be worn throughout the flight. Studies have shown that in an emergency evacuation, some passengers are unable to open their seatbelts due to the ‘startle effect’.”

And in 2018, plane passengers were caught wearing their oxygen masks wrong during the emergency landing of Southwest Airlines flight 1380 after the engine exploded, causing a window to smash.

Former cabin crew member Bobby Laurie tweeted: “PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants!

“ALMOST EVERYONE in this photo from @SouthwestAir #SWA1380 today is wearing their mask WRONG. Put down the phone, stop with the selfies.. and LISTEN. Cover your NOSE & MOUTH.”

Another flight attendant said while it would be okay to use the toilet when you get on the plane, you should never do it during the safety demonstration.

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They said: “It’s OK to go to the restroom before takeoff. But when you see flight attendants performing a safety demonstration, you should stay seated and wait until the seatbelt sign is off.

“When passengers get up during the safety demonstration, we need to stop, wait, and start from the beginning when everyone is back to their seats.”

Passengers often make mistakes when using life jackets and oxygen masks because they don't listen to the demonstration


Passengers often make mistakes when using life jackets and oxygen masks because they don’t listen to the demonstrationCredit: Getty – Contributor

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