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Safest Airplane Seat

 Safest airplane seat


While flying terrifies many people, airplane passengers should take comfort in the fact that the average person only has a one in eleven million chance of dying in an airplane crash. They might also be comforted to know that 95.7 percent of people involved in plane crashes actually survive them. In fact, the average person is far more likely to die in a car accident or from a shark attack than in an airplane crash. Still, aerophobes worry about their safety. In an effort to worry less, airplane passengers may choose to sit in one of the safest airplane seats.


Safest Airplane Seat


The Back of the Plane

While some sources say that no seat is safer than any other seat in an airplane, the research and statistics tell a different story. A team at Popular Mechanics completed lengthy and detailed research on all of the commercial plane crashes since 1971 that had both survivors and fatalities and that had seating information available. Of the 20 crashes they studied, 11 of the crashes showed the passengers at the rear of the plane at a distinct advantage, making the rear section of the plane the safest place to sit. Popular Mechanics researchers found that the passengers in the rear cabin had a 69 percent chance of surviving the crash, the passengers seated over the wings had a 56 percent chance of survival, the passengers seated in the section ahead of the wing had a 56 percent chance of survival, and the passengers in first class had a 49 percent chance of survival. Of course, these statistics were taken solely from crashes that did have fatalities; the survival rates would be much higher if all flights were considered.


Exit Row Seats


Exit row seats are some of the safest airplane seats for the obvious reason that they are right next to the door. If the plane catches on fire or has some other sort of catastrophe, people in the exit row seats can be the first ones out the door once the plane reaches the ground, assuming the door is not blocked by smoke, fire or ground if the plane lands on its side. A seat in the exit row does come with responsibility, however. Those in the exit row are often asked to help get people evacuated in an emergency situation. This would not be the best seating choice for people who are paralyzed by their fear of flying, as they would likely panic and block the exit in their frozen state. For people who are willing to help their fellow passengers and those who are able to remain calm in emergency situations, however, exit row seats would be a good choice.


Aisle Seats


Aisle seats are also safer airplane seats for the reason that people sitting in them are one person closer to an exit. They are not at the mercy of another person in the aisle seat who could potentially block their path to freedom by panicking or—even worse—calming grabbing their luggage from an overhead compartment or scrambling for a dropped cell phone on the floor. Clear-thinking people seated in aisle seats can head straight for the nearest exit as soon as it is safe to do so. Since people generally have 90 seconds to evacuate an airplane alive, the fewer other people to pass, the greater the chances of survival.

Safest airplane seat
No matter where people are seated on the plane, the best way for them to stay safe is to listen attentively to the flight attendants’ demonstration and practice common sense. While the attendants’’ safety procedure demonstrations might not be the most enthusiastic performance, the knowledge the flight attendants give during them is absolutely vital information all airline passengers should know in the event of an in-air emergency. People who know what to do in an emergency situation and who can respond calmly and quickly in a crisis situation are much more likely to survive any kind of catastrophe no matter where they are seated.

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