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Dear Internet,

Airplanes always ask you to put your tray tables up and your seat back in the full upright position.

Because if the pilot fucks up and crash lands, you will survive if that cheap plastic tray doesn't murder you.


Wait. What? No.

Why the hell do they ask you to do that?


Date: 2010-03-25 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
my assumption is for the same reason that they ask you to stow everything completely under your seat: that in the event of an evacuation you're not hindered by one more obstacle in your way while exiting your seat.

Date: 2010-03-25 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So that you've got space to assume the brace position if necessary, I guess. I mean, you can't lean forward and cover your head if the chair in front of you is reclined.

And I'd suspect that the cheap plastic tray could cause some otherwise-avoidable injuries if it's not folded away - it'd be the difference between bodyslamming a wall, and bodyslamming the edge of a table. You're already crashing, you don't need to have to deal with that extra injury.

Date: 2010-03-25 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Similar to luggage being stowed and seatbelts being on, it's mostly for turbulence. If you've ever been on a flight where you hit a pocket of really bad air you'll get the point rather quickly. Being ragdolled around in your seatbelt is bad enough without getting your flailing-arm-bits and screaming head slammed into the tray's edge as it flaps about wildly. :)

Date: 2010-03-25 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not precisely related but I read once that part of the procedure for preparing for a crash or emergency landing is putting all the silverware into the garbage cans. Being solid containers, they keep the sharp, metallic objects from flying through the cabin, out of control.

Date: 2010-03-25 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know, but this made me get Albuquerque stuck in my head. THANKS A LOT.


Date: 2010-03-25 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sacramento :V I love Cake, Kigs. Which album?

Date: 2010-03-25 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I was listening to their channel on

I believe their cover of "Mahna Mahna" was playing when I posted this last night.

Date: 2010-03-25 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Because a lot of accidents are actually survivable, if you don't hit your head or take something hard and pointy to the gut, and if nothing hinders you from getting out of the airplane before it catches fire.

One extreme example is United hit the runway pretty violently, going 240 knots (~276 mph) and sinking at 1850 fpm (~22 mph vertically). It came to rest upside-down in a cornfield, minus its right wing. Over half the passengers still survived. In more mild accidents where a plane skids off the runway into a ditch or something it's not uncommon for everyone to get out alive.


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