Thanks to the proliferation of cameras, airline emergencies are increasingly being filmed by escaping passengers.
Last week, an American Airlines Boeing 767 bound for Miami caught fire on the runway of Chicago’s O’Hare airport while taking off. The pilot aborted the take-off and evacuated everyone on board via emergency chutes as black smoke poured from the aeroplane. Twenty people suffered minor injuries. There is video of the situation inside the cabin:
The thing that astounds me is how many passengers are carrying bags off the plane. You can see women with handbags, men with laptops. There is even one passenger with a backpack.
It is a pattern we have seen a few times now. Have a look at this video from the Emirates 777 that crash landed in Dubai in August this year.
In this video, you can see that passengers are actively opening bins and grabbing their bags. This action slows exit. The bags slow people down the aisles and are dangerous on the slides.
Airlines are expected to be able to evacuate a plane in 90 seconds. Every second used to fetch a bag could doom people.
In September 2015, a London-bound British Airways 777 caught fire on the runway at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, while preparing for take-off to London. You can see people wheeling and carrying bags behind them.
How do we persuade people that saving their bags is less important than
saving their life or the life of those around them?