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Practice exits

Preparing for the unthinkable
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At airports over a certain size, replica aircraft exits along with 2 rows of seats are on permanent display. These would look something like a movie prop except that the exit door is the genuine article. The idea is that passengers can "practice" opening the emergency exit and climbing through the opening so that they have first-hand knowledge of how the door opens, the door's weight, where to put the door, etc.

There are several types of doors currently on commercial jet aircraft. Ideally, one representative of each type would be available for use.

Grim concept perhaps, but potentially lifesaving.

Gamma48, May 11 2009

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Why airplane doors can't be opened mid-flight http://everything2.com/node/1783223
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Manchester Aircraft Fire http://en.wikipedia...Airtours_Flight_28M
The plan of the cabin is quite interesting [oneoffdave, Mar 31 2015]

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       ...and the quickest earns himself the emergency exit seat. [+]
shudderprose, May 11 2009

       Wait jes a min there. Do you mean with the fun foamy tubey thing attached too?   

       HELL YES!!! Sign me up. I wanna be first down the shute! ++++++ Heck I'll do it even if I never intend to fly again. (And throw in a virtual Hudson River emergency landing experience and I'd even pay to try.)
blissmiss, May 12 2009

With a side helping of [link]

       21 Quest: There's no danger involved--that guy wouldn't have been able to do nothin'. A plane's "emergency exits" are for use at surface altitudes only, and literally don't work otherwise. Link has details--it has to do with cabin pressure, but not in the way you'd expect.
derefr, May 12 2009

       Somebody would have to stand next to the display to put the door back into place. But I would have fun playing with it. +1
DIYMatt, May 12 2009

       This could be extended to a compulsory scheme, where all seats are allocated on the basis of each passenger's exit speed, like qualifying for a race.
Twizz, May 13 2009

       Great idea!
nomocrow, May 13 2009

       Great idea!
nomocrow, May 13 2009

       + excellent idea! I have always read the instructions if I have that seat, but always wondered if I could really do it!
xandram, May 13 2009

       Plus you could have contests to see who can get out the door first. I understand there are often pitched battles at those exits. It also might be tricky to make your way across the tops of occupied seats on your way to the exit if you have never done it before. Some coaching in technique might be a lifesaver.   

       You could have smoke, for added realism. Or snakes.
bungston, May 13 2009

       Add to county fair or various amusement parks or haunted houses. Life boat drills also.
popbottle, Oct 22 2013

       I bet you that my throwing distance of the removable door would be much shorter in a practice situation than during a real emergency. Much, much shorter.
AusCan531, Oct 23 2013

       [+] FANTASTIC!
awesomest, Oct 25 2013

       // I understand there are often pitched battles at those exits. //   

       More like a fouth-and-inches hail-mary play.   

       // It also might be tricky to make your way across the tops of occupied seats on your way to the exit //   

       It is, but after the first two rows you get the hang of it. The trick is to make monkey-like progress along the headrests alongside the hull. Most of the cattle try to get into the aisle, and instinctively head for the door they came in by.   

       It's easier to go forward than back.   

       // if you have never done it before. //   

       The learning curve is steep, somewhat steeper and less fun than the escape slides.
8th of 7, Oct 25 2013

       This is an excellent idea.   

       Perhaps, in due course, practice entrances and practice seats could be provided, so that the more bovine type of passenger can acquaint him- or herself with the fundamentals of getting on an aircraft and sitting down out of the way.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 27 2013

       Well, maybe not a race, but if someone wants that row for whatever reason (leg room, etc.), make sure they're drilled a couple times in the mockup before being seated. If they refuse, or show up late, those seats (make sure you state it in the ticket contract) will be made available to passengers who *are* willing to undergo the drills.
spacer, Feb 10 2015

       The problematic concept is that of "passenger".   

       There are a mimimum of two, and a maximum of five, good seats at the front. Sit anywhere else and you deserve what you get.
8th of 7, Feb 10 2015

       where'd that guy go? it was just a drill!
pashute, Mar 29 2015

       One of the reasons for the delay in the evacuation in the Manchester aircraft fire was the girl sat by one of the overwing exits being surprised by the weight of the door and it falling on her and pinning her to her seat for a short period of time.   

       As a unidexter I'm not legally allowed to sit in the exit row seats yet I imagine on most flights I'm one of the few people who's actually operated the exit doors.   

       Appropriate footwear and clothing can also make a big difference to your ability to evacuate sucessfully
oneoffdave, Mar 31 2015

       //Appropriate footwear and clothing can also make a big difference to your ability to evacuate sucessfully//   

       and people laughed at my full Nomex travel onesie.
bs0u0155, Mar 31 2015

       We wouldn't ...   

       Perhaps Sir would like to try something from our "confident traveller" range ?   

8th of 7, Apr 23 2015


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