“This is your Captain speaking – please would all passengers evacuate the aircraft”
That fear inducing phrase is surely every flyers worst nightmare isn’t it?
… and I for one can tell you, I would not be mucking about – in fact I’d probably be shouting “Women & children first” whilst hurriedly shepherding my family to the nearest available exit.
But disasters and fires (or snakes) on planes only ever happen to other people, or in Hollywood blockbusters don’t they?
Or do they?!
I was more than a little alarmed this week when my husband (who’s a self confessed plane spotting geek) informed me that we’d actually flown in the very same British Airways BA2276 Boeing 777-200 which caught fire when trying to take off in Las Vegas earlier this week.
This revelation was a little too close for comfort for me.
In fact it really made me think about all the media attention some of the passengers on this stricken BA flight have received about rescuing their possessions before evacuating the aircraft and reaching the relative safety of the runway.
What would you do – get out ASAP or reach for your flight bag?
Check out this link to see how many passengers did grab their bags first.
It’s a split second choice and one (thank goodness) not many of us have ever experienced or even rehearsed before.
Thanks to the pilot’s quick thinking and skill plus the aircrews professionalism all 172 passengers and crew survived to tell the tale.
As I said earlier I’m pretty sure I’d be off that flying sardine tin and down that escape shoot quicker than you can say Jiminy Cricket.…
So here’s a totally hypothetical question –
Your home is on fire, your family and pets are all safe and the fire-brigade has been called – what’s the one thing you would rescue if you could?
It’s such a cliche, but I think I’d grab my iPhone!
Let me know in the comments what you’d grab in flash – if you suddenly had to dash!