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Do you fear being injured or killed in a plane crash? - Part II

Last week, we began a discussion aimed at helping to ease the fears of individuals who fear being injured or killed in airplane crashes. Although aviation accidents are relatively uncommon and air travel is far safer than travel by motor vehicle, many Americans suffer significantly because they are afraid of flying. Understandably, these individuals either avoid flying or attempt to limit their air travel. However, air travel cannot be avoided by all people who possess these fears. As a result, it is important that they find ways to make flying more manageable.

We noted that there are several preparations that people can engage in when preparing to fly. Although these preparations will not reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring, they may make travelers more able to cope with the aftermath of an accident so that they can escape the situation as safely as possible. Last week, we noted that dressing with safe travel in mind and living a healthy lifestyle can both be helpful in this regard.

In addition, it is important to identify both primary and secondary exits once you reach your seat on an airplane. Some individuals like sitting closer to emergency exits as they believe that this seating arrangement will benefit them in the event of a crash. However, certain kinds of emergencies may render specific emergency exits impassible. As a result, it is important to identify more than one exit you will likely be able to access in the event of an accident.

Finally, pay close attention during safety demonstrations and read the safety literature in your seat pocket. Many frequent travelers ignore these important sources of information. However, you will best prepare yourself to respond in the event of an emergency by re-familiarizing yourself with this information every time you fly.

Source: CNN, “10 ways to boost chances of surviving a plane crash,” Thom Patterson, Feb. 6, 2015

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