Travel Tip of the Day: Leave Your Carry-On During an Evacuation

Carry-onLeave Your Carry-On During an Evacuation
God forbid you’re ever in an emergency situation like Tuesday’s British Airways nightmare in Las Vegas, but if you are, remember this: Don’t waste time getting your carry-on luggage before you evacuate. Time is of the essence, and the only thing you should be focused on is listening to the crew and getting out of the plane as quickly and as safely as possible. Coverage of the last few aircraft evacuations of this type has shown passengers carrying their bags as they deplane, which is a huge no-no (here’s a relevant BBC story). Nothing in your bag should be so important that it’s worth jeopardizing lives. If you want to make sure your most important belongings are with you—like medications, your passport and money—then make sure to keep them in your pocket for takeoff and landing, the two most critical parts of flying.

Even better is to wear a Scottevest since it has 20+ pockets.

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7 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Leave Your Carry-On During an Evacuation"

  1. This seems like a “duh” tip, but probably needed!

  2. A great reminder.
    In addition, keep your shoes on for the first 15min of take-off and last 15min of landing–less risk of injury to you feet if you had to bail out.
    Wear cotton or wool, no synthetics since they will melt and fuse to your body in case of fire.

  3. Even during most normal deplaning, some sit until the doors are open and then act like a slug as they arise and get their luggage. If someone has a disability, then a member of the crew should place those passengers in front of the line.

  4. This is basic common sense. Carrying their roller bags like some of these idiots on the BA flight and that Asiana flight in SFO. Don’t they realize that bags and external objects can damage the inflated side rendering it useless for others?
    Good suggestion to keep essentials on person. Although even passport and medicines are replaceable within a short time.

  5. If they created this model in an airplane grade aluminum (for
    the strength element) and jacked up the value to double,
    I would buy it in a heart beat.

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