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www.wmfd.com - The startling aftermath of the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is enough to make even the most frequent fliers jittery, but many of those passengers may owe their survival to some very important safety protocol, and, Karin Caifa looks at some ways to better prepare yourself for an in-flight emergency, in today's Consumer Watch. }}" />

   
 
 
Consumer Watch Explains On-Board Airline Flight Safety Tips

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  Original Published: 7/14/2013 The startling aftermath of the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is enough to make even the most frequent fliers jittery. But many of those passengers may owe their survival to some very important safety protocol. Karin Caifa looks at some ways to better prepare yourself for an in-flight emergency, in today's Consumer Watch. Frequent fliers may often settle in, buckle up, and tune out the safety briefings at the beginning of a flight. But that short announcement can provide some of the best preparation for an accident like this one, where more than 300 people survived. "They got lucky, and many things in the plane help people to survive," says Mary Schiavo, former U.S. Department of Transportaiton Inspector General. "The suvivability factos have increased dramatically the last 15 years." The most important rule in the cabin, following crew member instructions. "Be very sure that on every plane that you go on that you listen very carefully to what the steward or stewardess is telling you as far as survival,"says Nancy Harvey Steorts, former consumer safety consultant. Before takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration recommends passengers locat emergency exits in fron and behind them. Count the rows in case cabin visibility is poor during an emergency. A seat belt should be low and tight. Keeping it lower than your belly and on your hips can reduce the risk of internal injuries during a crash landing. Think about footwear when you fly. High heels aren't allowed on an evacuation slide. Sandals and flip-flops can leave feet more exposed to devris following a crash. And, during an evacuation, don't reach for your bags overhead. Leave possessions behind.
   
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