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Airline Safety is Not Only for Crybabies!

Well, I'm glad that all 309 people on that airbus that crashed in Toronto made it off. Now on the radio they keep talking about how important it is to listen to the safety video at the start of the flight, to count the number of seats between yourself and the nearest exit, and to not wear synthetic clothes, pantyhose or high heels. hehe! I started doing all of that after I watched an Oprah episode where a professional "airline emergency trainer" was on the show... she did a complete "fake crash" with dark, flashing lights and oprah stuck in an airline chair, trying to put on the air mask and retriever her life vest from under the seat.

It was funny, but it made an impression, and I am pretty careful to wear cotton, and flat shoes now when I fly.

And some people have called me silly. But those 309 people who got out in ONE MINUTE, incredibly enough, have learned that listening to escape directions is important. And if they had crashlanded on the ocean instead of in a ravine on dry ground next to the 401 highway, they would have been darn happy to have felt out where their lifejackets were BEFORE they went down.

Yeah. So, great day for airline miracles. Congrats to everyone who made it out alright.

Here's a list of things to do in the case of a crash.

A quote from the above linked article at

"It's true that it looks like one, but I personally believe that it was probably the professional skills of the crew that prevented this accident from being a major disaster." - Air France president Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, regarding media reports calling it a miracle no one died.

Yup. Like they say, the stewardesses are not waitresses, they are highly trained safety personnel who happen to serve coffee and meals when there aren't any emergencies yet. God didn't get those people off the plane. The plane died. The stewardesses got those people off the plane. Or they would have died too.

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