Evacuations: The thing with hand luggage and emergency slides

Emergency slide on a crew trainer (Photo: Jan Gruber).
Emergency slide on a crew trainer (Photo: Jan Gruber).

Evacuations: The thing with hand luggage and emergency slides

Emergency slide on a crew trainer (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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In emergencies, aircraft evacuation is a critical safety measure that can save lives. Emergency slides are often used to get passengers out of the plane quickly.

However, using emergency slides is not always appropriate and there are risks that could lead to injury. Additionally, carry-on luggage must remain on board, but many passengers ignore this instruction, causing additional problems during evacuations.

When are emergency slides used?

Emergency slides are used in situations where rapid evacuation is required, such as: B. in the event of a fire, an engine failure or a loss of pressure in the aircraft. They provide a quick and efficient way to get passengers off the plane, especially when normal exits are blocked or cannot be used.

When are emergency slides not used?

Emergency slides are not used when there is a risk that aircraft occupants could injure themselves on the ground, e.g. B. if the aircraft lands on water or if the surface is unsafe, such as burning fuel or debris.

Why do injuries often occur when using emergency slides?

When using emergency slides there is a risk of injury from falls, impacts or uncontrolled landings on the ground. Passengers must also be careful not to injure their limbs while sliding down the slides.

Why do hand luggage have to stay on board?

Hand luggage must remain on board in order not to hinder the evacuation process. If passengers attempt to take their hand luggage with them, delays may occur and the evacuation route may be blocked.

Why do many passengers not stick to leaving their hand luggage on board?

Many passengers do not follow the instructions to leave their hand luggage behind because they have valuables or important documents with them and are afraid of losing them. They don't want to leave their personal belongings on the plane, even if it could jeopardize their safety.

A current example of how evacuations should not be carried out via emergency slides only occurred on April 28, 2024 at Laser Airlines. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with the registration YV-3465 had to be cleared directly at the gate at Caracas airport. However, not only was this process extremely chaotic, but almost without exception the passengers also took their hand luggage with them. One traveler even tripped along with his suitcase, mind you, after slipping. Fully equipped firefighters don't really seem to be bothered by the chaotic process. The corresponding video can be found under this link on Linkedin.

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Amely Mizzi is Executive Assistant at Aviation Direct Malta in San Pawl il-Baħar. She previously worked in the Aircraft and Vessel Financing division at a banking group. She is considered a linguistic talent and speaks seven languages ​​fluently. She prefers to spend her free time in Austria on the ski slopes and in summer on Mediterranean beaches, practically on her doorstep in Gozo.
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