Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Nearest Exit

Couple of days ago, I was on my flight from Phoenix to Philadelphia. As the flight attendant announced the mandatory safety instructions, I was wondering what the real purpose of those instructions were, as not a single passenger to my knowledge cared to listen with the seriousness with which the instructions were given.

It occured to me that most passengers in the flight would have heard those safety instructions probably a million times before. Made me thinking why even announce when people seldom care. Such instructions would be helpful only for first time travellers or those with selective amnesia. But in a local flight in the US, I doubt how many of them could there be.

For flights operating in third world countries, I understand the need for such instructions (I remember how I stopped everything I was doing and listened to the instructions the first time I travelled from India). For most other countries, I think its a simple waste of time. One could agree and say that the airlines could possibly use the time to start serving the food a little early or on a red-eye, switch the damn lights off so that people could doze off.

Or we would know only when there is an emergency and when people scurry around to find the nearest exit! That would be fun to watch.

7 comments:

Gradwolf said...

fun to watch! hahahaha

Gauri said...

:)Brouhaha it will be for sure !!

Jegu said...

/* (I remember how I stopped everything I was doing and listened to the instructions the first time I travelled from India). */ Me too..

It will be fun to watch but definitely not a fun to experiance.. :)

Vasu. said...

Arun,

You are right but i think these are guidelines defined by IATA and failing to comply might result in the airline losing its IATA membership or something even severe and thats why they all do it. In fact its very embarassing for the airhostesses since they know that most of the passengers don't listen to it.

-=A.R.N.=- said...

while I agree with Vasu on the IATA regulations, I guess the most important reason for those announcements within the United States is the perpetual need to:

"Sue unto others as they'd sue unto you"

I'd love to see the number of lawsuits filed if a plane-crash victim claimed no one told them where the exits were!
:D

(Btw, haven't been on your blog in a while!)

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