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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #16
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I LOVE exit row. The extra room is sooooo nice. On 2 trips, I got them for free at the airport. On my most recent trip, I went ahead and paid for them in advance (on Allegiant, it's only $1 more per person, per way).

The chances of us actually having to use the doors is practically nothing - either the flight will go exactly as designed, or it will crash and we'll be dead. (Morbid thought...but it's the truth.) However, I'd be plenty willing to help if, for some reason, we needed to evacuate the plane.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:56 PM   #17
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Oops, cancel this post. I didn't read the first post very well.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:59 AM   #18
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The chances of us actually having to use the doors is practically nothing - either the flight will go exactly as designed, or it will crash and we'll be dead. (Morbid thought...but it's the truth.)
Actually, it isn't. Studies have found that 90%+ of airline accidents are survivable. But because many - if not most - fatalities in an otherwise survivable accident are caused by post-crash fire, it is extremely important that anyone seated in the exit row takes their responsibilities seriously. The slightest delay in getting the emergency exit open can have life-or-death consequences.

For a slightly-dated NTSB report on this subject, see http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/safetystudies/SR0101.pdf. An excerpt:
Because a public perception is that aviation accidents are not survivable, the Safety Board also examined the proportion of occupants who survived in each accident for the period 1983 through 2000. Contrary to public perception, the most likely outcome of an accident is that most people survive. In 528 of the 568 accidents (93.0 percent), more than 80 percent of the occupants survived (figure 3). Accidents that result in complete or near complete loss of life, such as TWA flight 800, account for a small percentage of all accidents. Only 34 of the 568 accidents (5.9 percent) resulted in fewer than 20 percent of the occupants surviving.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:57 AM   #19
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Actually, it isn't. Studies have found that 90%+ of airline accidents are survivable. But because many - if not most - fatalities in an otherwise survivable accident are caused by post-crash fire, it is extremely important that anyone seated in the exit row takes their responsibilities seriously. The slightest delay in getting the emergency exit open can have life-or-death consequences.

For a slightly-dated NTSB report on this subject, see http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/safetystudies/SR0101.pdf. An excerpt:

Because a public perception is that aviation accidents are not survivable, the Safety Board also examined the proportion of occupants who survived in each accident for the period 1983 through 2000. Contrary to public perception, the most likely outcome of an accident is that most people survive. In 528 of the 568 accidents (93.0 percent), more than 80 percent of the occupants survived (figure 3). Accidents that result in complete or near complete loss of life, such as TWA flight 800, account for a small percentage of all accidents. Only 34 of the 568 accidents (5.9 percent) resulted in fewer than 20 percent of the occupants surviving.
Wow! I never knew that! Well like I said, I am willing and able to help if we needed to evacuate the plane for some reason, as is my DH.

I do think that most flights probably go as designed though and do not require usage of emergency equipment.
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That reminded me of the plane that crashed in Toronto where over 300 people were evacuated in less than 2 minutes and all survived before it went up completely in flames.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_358

Also think about "Miracle on the Hudson", where all escaped, people were standing on the wings, they escaped through the exit row windows.
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