Remember these life-saving habits every time you fly.
1. Your carry-on bag
The safest thing to do with your carry-on is leave it on the plane.
Flight crews ask you to keep your luggage clear of the aisles for a reason; in the event of an evacuation, you don’t want it blocking an escape route.
With as few as 90 seconds to evacuate a burning place, the precious time spent reaching for luggage could be a life and death decision for someone.
Organising your hand luggage is the first step to travelling light.
2. Your seat
The safest place to sit on a plane is behind the wings.
A Popular Mechanics study of 20 commercial jet crashes with both fatalities and survivors found that passengers seated in the rear cabin (behind the wings) had a 69 percent chance of survival, compared with just 49 percent for those in first class.
But you don’t have to sacrifice leg room for safety’s sake: exit rows are perhaps the safest place to sit on the whole plane.
In the event of an evacuation, the closer you are to an exit, the higher the chance you’ll escape unscathed.
No, you’re not imagining it – airplane seats really are getting smaller.
3. How to sit
The safest way to sit during a crash is to brace yourself (literally).
In a 2015 crash simulation, Boeing found that passengers who both wore their seat belts and assumed a brace position (feet flat, head cradled against their knees or the seat in front of them if possible) were likeliest to survive a crash.
Seat-belted fliers who did not brace suffered serious head injuries, and those with no seat belts or bracing died on impact.
You go through many hoops at the airport in the lead up to taking a flight, so it may seem shocking that your seat isn’t a guarantee. Know your rights as a passenger.