One expert says you should avoid the front and back rows. Instead, you should choose a seat within five rows in any direction of an exit. In addition, an aisle seat is preferable.
Most experts agree the safest seat on the plane is one in an exit row. If you are not sitting in one, make sure you know where the nearest one is. Experts say you should count the number of rows the exit is away from your seat; that way, if the plane fills with smoke or the lights go out, you'll be able to feel your way to the exit. In other words, you should be able to make your way out with your eyes closed.
It may not be the most comfortable way to fly, but you should keep your seatbelt fastened all the time. If you are asleep and the plane jolts unexpectedly, it could save you from serious internal injuries.
What to wear
Don't wear sandals or high heels. It will be tough to move quickly through the plane if you are exposed or unstable footwear. You could be vulnerable to broken glass and debris.
Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. The more your body is covered, the less likely you are to get injured or burned. Wear wool if you'll be flying over water, because it's a better insulator when wet.
What to do when warned of a crash
The Federal Aviation Administration investigator for cabin safety says the first thing you should do when warned about a crash is brace yourself.
Experts say you should not sit back. You should put one palm on the seatback in front of you and the other hand on top of that one. You should then put your head on your hands. Experts say you should not lace your fingers. You should stay in that position as long as it takes to get to the ground.
Exit the plane quickly
Aviation experts say the first minute and a half is considered "golden time." It's the time when you've survived the initial crash and need to exit the plane. They say panicking or inaction could cost you your life.
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