In BBC America there was a news item about this plane crash and there was an expert who studied plane crash survivors for over 3 decades saying that those sitting in the rear side of the airplane had 40% higher chances of survival. Do you feel making some informed choices increases our survival chances? Or do you believe in Destiny?
I do believe in destiny, but informed decisions may help it along. Who's to say his destiny didn't lead him to study plane crash survivors?
I don't believe in Destiny. I actually believe you can change your destiny but that's another story.
I personally say a short prayer when I have a Journey ahead of me. That's just me. (I'm not saying people should, it's just what I do)
Lady_E - I seen tons of people that do that. I think it helps calm a lot of people's nerves down, which is never a bad thing.
My grandma made a big scene when we took her first time in airplane. She bend, touched the airplane and then started reciting sanskrit mantras. Luckily it was in India and most of the folks were understanding.
Good topic countrywoman.
I am all for informed choices.
Had I been on the originating flight and was told I would be transferred to a plane that was not certified as safe. I would not have been on that second plane. Nobody seems to have been told about the risks.The little girl who survived is on her way back to France now, and has told authorities about the crash.That is from BBC radio now my time 10am Thursday.
Considering the odds of airplane crash, I would rather choose a comfort of front rows
I never really did any research on the subject, but I always sat towards the back of the plane when flying. My thought was if the plane nosedives, those in the front are in trouble. If the plane breaks in half, those in the middle are in trouble. The back just always seemed the safest.
Well the Aviation expert David Noland gave similar reasoning and also mentioned that the black box is located in the rear where it is comparatively more safe.
Yes there is an uncanny gut feeling or a survival instinct in all of us. Sometimes it helps to listen to it.
Between economy and business and first class - definitely.
Also, many airlines have "economy plus", which are still economy but just slightly more spacious, and those are the front seats of economy, if they exist. Front of a plane tends to experience less kicks and vibrations too, and often is quite a bit quieter than the rear.
Well I meant between economy class. I never knew about "economy plus" or about the vibrations part. And I have noticed that the front row is reserved for families with babies because they have Basinet. And thanks for the info, now I would certainly look out for the exit doors next time I am on plane.
LOL CW-girl, you are still young, and i bet at your age I did not know such details either. Now, many years and thousands flight miles later, I do pay attention. And what's the deal with the exit door?
Well one of the survival tip: stay close to the exit door.
Gotcha. Never really followed it, again because of extremely low odds of a crash and extremely low odds of a need for exit in case of crash. Yet exit rows usually have a lot of leg space, so this is a plus
Well in the news he was mentioning about Informed Choices and my husband didn't bother since he is more into Destiny and said something to that effect. I guess no harm in improving the survival odds
Last year I had to fly about a gazilion times for work. Sometimes I'd buy my own tickets and be reimbursed, but typically I'd just get an email saying this is your flight and this is your seat. So, I usually didn't have a choice where I sat. If they chose to put me in the front, I didn't bawk and say I'd rather be in the back. I always prefer business class because it's less noisy and less crowded. When I fly, I'm more concerned about getting a headache then being in a plane crash. Chances are you'll be killed (in a big plane) if it goes down, anyways.
It certainly was a miracle that the girl survived!!
I never think about it, I feel perfectly safe flying.
I did sit on the exit aisle once. Yes, more leg room but you're only allowed to sit there if you agree to help the other passengers get out if there's a crash. At least I had to.
Ernests/Davinagirl- I prefer to improve the odds but at the same time we can only do so much. Hence I would try to do my best but at the same time will accept the eventuality. I guess a bit of both.
Lady_E/Girly_Girl- Yes it does help not to panic and if a prayer helps then surely it is a good thing. Whatever works. For my grandma it was a unique experience and she still remembers it although doesn't feel like traveling second time.
PS:Trains in India are very convenient and comfortable to travel.
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