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Practice Escape Environment
Make a simulator of a stricken vessel that "passengers" can devise ways of escaping from. This might produce safety procedures and devices hitherto unthought of, as the users struggle to solve the life-or-death puzzle.
Goaded in the following manner by [8th], I detach this idea from the one linked to, as a separate, but related (by birth) idea:
// You should post that, [skoo] - "practice escape environment" or something. Pay your $5 and spend a happy couple of hours clambering through a dimly-lit labyrinth, which
changes attitude over time and fills with water.
Plenty of foam protection on any corners, lifeguards in handy locations, and film it using IR cameras. Handsome certificate and a small prize for the first ones out. Importantly, no age limits; participants woulld have to sign a suitable liability wavier.//
The suggestion immediately suggests an actual company ideally placed to put this before some of those sane bastards they've got out there on the outside, with instructions to make it real: Disney. They have cruise ships, they have theme parks, they do simulations.
This is the idea alluded to: Put a bunch of rock climbers together with some children and pensioners in a shipping container you tilt this way and that, and you could even generate solutions by experimentation. (Rock climber job is to help others escape, and the job of those the climber helps is to say how horrible or how much fun it was.)
I can't think of anything to add at this point. Let me get that link and see if there's anything I should cut from my own comments that makes this clearer.
The idea this one flows from.
When a ship tilts, some passages start to become cliffs, and passengers become trapped at the bottom of them - Proposed solution to that problem. [skoomphemph, Apr 19 2014]
||These are widely known to exist. I personally have trained
inside an industrial facility escape simulator and a disaster-
first responder simulator. One of my best friends trained in
multiple submarine escape simulators while in the US Navy,
and my mother trained in an airplane crash/escape
simulator to get her FAA/USAF flight surgeon certification.
I have also seen photos and videos of both Astronauts and
Cosmonauts training in underwater escape simulators (to
give some semblance of zero-g).
||Yes, but you can't just buy a ticket and go in.
This is for Joe Public.
||Actually, the disaster response simulator is open to the
public. You just go there and sign up for the class. That's
how I got in.
||Also, there's a really huge one at the
University of Kentucky where members of the public are
regularly recruited to play disaster victims.
||Also this raises another issue: Given that they're WKTE, why is it that ferries don't have adequate facilities for people to climb to safety when in unusual, but predictable attitudes? What have people been doing with these things all these years?
||Also the escape simulator that has emerged from the discussion is perhaps a bit more abstract that the existing ones. It's more for exploration that for training.
||What if the ferry does this unusual (but not crazy) thing? -- Let's see. Oops. Our passengers are all good climbers, but it looks like they're going to drown today.
||The South Pacific nations as whole generally aren't known
for their stringent safety regulations, but beyond that I can
tell you from personal experience that complacency can
become a serious problem in a high-risk workplace. You
become so familiar with your tools and environment that
you forget how dangerous they can be, and then when new
people come in they aren't properly indoctrinated to safety
procedures that haven't been used in years. Then when the
shit hits the fan half the workers don't know what to do and
the rest are caught napping.
||Now put the safety of hundreds of scared and trusting
public in the hands of a crew like that.