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What Flight Attendants Don't Tell You In The Safety Demo
Own Mask First
Safety demos never go into why it's so important to put on your own mask before helping those around you. According to Hobica, here's the details:
Dimmed Lights Upon Landing
You might only have 15 or 20 seconds in the event of a cabin decompression, during which all oxygen would be sucked out of the plane (and your lungs), before you'd experience confusion and a euphoric "stoned" state... In 30 to 45 seconds you'd probably pass out. So it's important to act quickly.
If you're wondering why airlines dim the cabin lights before takeoffs and landings, here's the scoop from Hobica:
Shoes On Upon Landing
You guessed it: to help adjust your eyes to the dark (either inside a smoke filled cabin or on a darkened runway).
Some airlines ask that passengers keep shoes on when landing -- except for high heels, which can tear the emergency slide. Hobica explains why:
The Proper Brace Position
Because the runway might be burning hot after you jump down the slide.
Those safety cards in the seat back pocket that all flight attendants ask you to read detail the proper position to brace yourself in if a crash should occur. Look closely and notice each drawing shows one hand over the other. Here's why:
Should something fall on you during a crash landing, you want to protect at least one hand (preferably the one you write with) because you'll need it to unbuckle your seat belt when it's safe to do so. Your other hand is in that position to provide some protection to your "strong" hand, which will be doing the unbuckling.
Hobica came up with the tips with some help from a Flight Safety Awareness Course by British Airways. While it's not likely these details will be added to safety speeches (we'll thank the flight attendants for keeping things succinct), it's clear that a lot of thought has actually gone behind making each of the safety tips short but sweet.