Here’s something which I’ll never understand. While I don’t claim to always pay perfect attention to safety videos, surely we’ve all heard the line about leaving all carry-on items behind in the event of an emergency.
And if you haven’t heard it and are in the unfortunate situation to have an emergency evacuation, you’ll surely hear it when the flight attendant repeatedly yells at the top of his/her lungs to leave all carry-on items behind.
Yesterday a US Airways flight at Denver International Airport had to be evacuated via the emergency slides due to smoke in the cabin. And there’s a video of the evacuation:
When we get on a plane we put our lives in the hands of the cockpit and cabin crew, and I think it’s reasonable to follow their instructions when given.
So when the captain called an evacuation and the cabin crew tried to evacuate the plane, it absolutely blows my mind that most people are still taking their carry-ons. How selfish do you have to be to value temporarily having your personal belongings with you over the safety of others?
Fortunately nobody was seriously injured, but I think the only person qualified to call an evacuation is the crew, and if they do decide to call one you should comply 100%, regardless of how serious you perceive the situation to be.