Travelling by air is arguably the safest means of transportation, and there are specific reasons for that. In general, plane crashes or rather accidents are very rare in contrast to other forms of transportation - and the reason why this is; planes have a lot of safety measures, that even the passengers may not be aware of. If you've ever travelled by air, the oxygen masks and seatbelts you see are some few safety measures that the aviation industry has put in place to ensure the safety of the passengers. 

Airplanes are designed with a lot of safety features, from hidden bathroom locks to flame-resistant seat cushions, and these are just a few of them. Here are some safety airplane tips you didn't even know of and can save your life in serious situations. 

You might know this, but the seat cushions on planes are flotation devices, but even more, they're also fireproof. During a 1967 test for the first Apollo moon mission, three astronauts died because the interior of the capsule caught on fire. An investigation then proved that the craft was filled with highly flammable materials, including the foam in the seat cushions.

In hindsight, this made NASA carry out a lot of research; and they found a way to cover flammable things in the plane with fire-resistant material. Going forward in 1985, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new regulations concerning the flexibility of airplane seats - and after this; one fun fact is that 20 to 25 lives are saved each year because plane seats can't catch fire.

In a situation where there is an emergency landing and the pilot is required to land on water, yellow hooks are lifesavers. These yellow hooks serve as a way to protect the passengers. They're an anchor for ropes, which passengers use to pull themselves across the wing during a water landing. The hooks and ropes can also be used to tether rafts to the plane. 

Planes do have a horn, yea! The horn is located on the instrument panel of the cockpit and when it's pressed it sounds like a steamboat. But the horn is turned off during flights, it's only used by the pilots when the plane is on the ground as a means of the communication signal. The horn has different sounds, to indicate different problems - so the mechanics on the ground can easily identify what's wrong. 

Guess you feel safer now travelling by air now you know about all these extra safety measures that a plane has. 


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