If you do nothing else as a passenger, fasten your seatbelt

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I’ve banged on about this before, but a new accident report from Taiwan rams the point home for anyone who wasn’t paying attention. If you only do one thing to keep yourself safe as an airliner passenger, just make sure it’s fastening your seatbelt.

This particular accident wasn’t caused by turbulence, it was due to a collision-warning alert and the ensuing events. The report makes interesting reading – but the photos and injury descriptions are the bits passengers need to pay attention to.

The fact is that in a jet airliner your soft body is being projected through space at several hundreds of miles per hour surrounded by necessarily hard stuff. Anything that happens to distub the equilibrium of your trajectory is likely to end badly for you. And such things do happen quite a bit.

Read my earlier post here.

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