Yes, Your Seat Cushion CAN Be Used As A Flotation
It appears that in the aftermath of
last week's downing of US Airways Flight 1549, more airline
travelers at least say they're paying better attention to
flight attendants during the pre-takeoff safety presentation.
Online travel network TripAdvisor announced the results Tuesday
of its airline safety awareness survey, conducted from January
16-20. Out of more than 2,100 respondents, 61 percent said they
frequently pay attention to the in-flight safety presentation.
Of the 32 percent who said they rarely or never pay attention to
the in-flight safety presentation, 81 percent said it is because
they already know it by heart.
Fifty percent of travelers surveyed said they have read the
seat-back instruction card in the past... but following last week's
"Miracle on the Hudson," 62 percent are more likely to read it in
Seventy-three percent of respondents said they always check the
locations of the exits on the plane, while 20 percent often do.
Twelve percent of travelers avoid booking in the emergency exit row
because they don't want the responsibility of opening the doors and
assisting the crew in an emergency.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said that during a flight,
they feel prepared in the event of an emergency. Seventy-five
percent of travelers believe they would know what to do in the
event of a water landing.
Fifteen percent of travelers said they have experienced an
emergency landing. Five percent of travelers said they have been on
a flight where the oxygen masks were deployed, and two percent have
had to pull the life jacket out from under their seat.
Ninety-one percent said they always keep their seat belt
fastened for the journey.
"The events of last week gave us all -- even frequent flyers --
a renewed awareness of the importance of airline safety precautions
and procedures," said Michele Perry, vice president of global
communications for TripAdvisor. "It's clear that the majority of
travelers are paying attention."
In an interesting sidenote, TripAdvisor also asked respondents
what they felt would be the best ways to recognize the crew of
Flight 1549. Monetary compensation and medals of honor were the top