Straighten up and fly right if there’s an impact you don’t go flying all over the place. If we tell you to remove your tie, dentures and spectacles, then it’s serious.’’ Stow your tray table, seat backs upright. ‘‘It’s a drag I know, but there are two reasons. One, to give you clear access if you have to move quickly and, two, to remove hazards in the event of a sudden stop. Also, if your chair is reclined, you could slide under your belt.’’ Lifejackets are under your seat. ‘‘Seriously, make sure you know where it is and how to put it on – and whatever you do, don’t inflate it until after you exit the aircraft. Remember
Roderick Eime ALL the rules and procedures about flying on planes can make the journey a real drag. Buckle this, stow that, turn that off. Are all these regulations just to intimidate passengers and make aircrew feel important? Paul (not his real name) flew as cabin crew with a major Australian carrier for more than a decade. I asked him about some of the rigmarole that most of us ignore. Brace. ‘‘Always good for a giggle, but if things get messy, you should know how to do it properly. The idea is to get you sitting as far forward as possible so
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