(WHAS11-- The crash landing of asiana airlines flight 214 is enough to make even the most frequent fliers jittery, but many of those passengers may owe their survival to some very important safety protocol.
Frequent fliers may often settle in, buckle up, and tune out the safety briefings at the beginning of a flight . . . but that short announcement can provide some of the best preparation for an accident like this one, where more than 300 people survived.
They got lucky, and many things in the plane help people to survive. The survivability factors have increased dramatically the last 15 years.
The most important rule in the cabin, following crew member instructions.
Be very sure that on every plane that you go on that you listen very carefully to what the steward or stewardess is telling you as far as survival.
Before takeoff, the federal aviation administration recommends passengers locate emergency exits in front and behind them. And count the rows in case cabin visibility is poor during an emergency.
A seat belt should be low and tight. Keeping it lower than your belly and on your hips can reduce the risk of internal injuries during a crash landing.
Also, think about footwear when you fly. High heels aren't allowed on an evacuation slide. Sandals and flip-flops can leave feet more exposed to debris following a crash.
During an evacuation, don't reach for your bags overhead. Leave possessions behind and get out of dodge.
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