While crew give a brief safety overview at the beginning of all flights, it turns out there is one simple method which has the power to help passengers make a swift escape.
This nugget of information is not often shared in the flight briefing.
However, one anonymous flight attendant shared the tidbit on a Reddit forum dedicated to things “passengers do not know”.
The cabin crew member explained that passengers should “count the seatbacks to the closest exit” because there is a “good chance you won’t be able to see in some types of accident”.
In comparison with the number of flights that take off each year, big emergencies are relatively uncommon.
According to the BBC, in 2019 there were just 86 accidents involving large commercial planes.
Furthermore, The Economist found that the probability of being in a plane crash is around one in 5.4 million.
Meanwhile, according to flyfright.com, of the unfortunate crashes that did occur 98.6 percent did not occur in a fatality.
Despite these promising statistics, many travellers remain nervous about flying.
According to a 2018 survey, approximately 21 million Britons admitted to being more scared of flying than a year ago.
One flight attendant has said that for the most part, passengers do not need to worry about jetting off, and offered a tip for when to spot real danger onboard.
Sharing the advice on a Reddit forum, the crew member explained: “Watch the flight attendants and observe how they are acting. They’ve flown hundreds of times.
“The plane will make noises and tilt upward, but the flight attendants hear and feel that too.”
A second flight attendant backed up this statement.
They wrote: “Watch the flight attendants. Even with bad turbulence, they rarely look scared…
“Sometimes they’ll see you looking and they’ll laugh it off because they know it really helps when passengers see them shrugging that sort of thing off.”