Skip to comments.San Francisco 777 Crash: Why Did So Many Passengers Evacuate With Bags?
Posted on 07/08/2013 7:55:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin
When seconds can mean the difference between life and death in escaping an aircraft accident, it was startling to see so many photographs from the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport of people carrying out bags, including roll aboards that must have come out of the overhead luggage bins. At least one man interviewed in the New York Times indicated that he grabbed his bags and then his child. In that order. All I can say is that it was very fortunate that the fire was slow to spread.
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Selfish me me me attitudes or they had no idea how bad it was i know i could they not know
Just a guess.....you couldn’t evacuate but so quickly anyway...you’re crammed into the aisle...not moving...why not grab your bag - especially if it contains a laptop with key info, etc. Again, just a theory...I was not there and thank God have never been in that situation.
If there is time to grab your bag, you grab your bag
I dont see why anyone is making it an issue
Somewhere I heard that you are not supposed to do that. I think it was in one of those pre-flight safety briefings.
Asian culture related?
Factor into this, the fact that it takes a number of people a fair amount of time to get out the exits. While waiting, the natural response based upon exiting a plane dozens of times is to stand up and grab your bag.
To try and get people to leave their bags is counter to the training that they have received and acted upon dozens to hundreds of times on prior flights.
People do weird things in life or death stress situations. Especially if its their first time in such a situation. Don’t expect anyone to act rationally in times like that.
Somewhere I thought I heard that airliners need to be evacuated in 90 seconds. That way everybody has a chance to get out before deadly smoke fills the cabin.
That's all I can figure.
If it was an orderly evacuation, that took a few minutes for people to proceed in line to go down the slides, I bet that is probably what happened.
The fact that people had time to grab a bag is either a symptom of a slow evacuation or some people thought the risk or grabbing their bag was worth it, even if it harmed them and others.
Looking at the picture from inside the cabin, the overhead bins may have popped open on impact and spilled their carryons.
I would grab my bag, too. I definitely don’t carry anything of value in luggage because you can replace clothes. But the personal and carry-on with your passport, etc., those are hard to replace and a hassle. It’s become natural and instinctive to protect your hand-carry. However, if the choice truly comes down to it, I’m prepared to lose the hand-carry.
> If there is time to grab your bag, you grab your bag
> I dont see why anyone is making it an issue
I tend to agree. While you are standing there in the queue, you get your bag. The plane is not on fire at this point. You are safe on the ground at this point.
Also... on a slightly different topic....
Which is worse? .... a crash landing and evacuating the plane in a crowded queue via the sliding board ramp thingy, or a normal TSA security checkpoint? Both carrying baggage?
because they are conditioned sheep?
I’ve read ancient Asian texts that tell you to grab your bags before leaving a crashed aircraft, so you are probably correct. It’s in the I Ching.
When I traveled my carry on contained everything I needed to do my job as well as a change of clothes. I’m still not sure I’d grab it but I guess if I had the time why not.
Stupid ain't the word for that...or this.
“Asian culture related?”
Save the cameras...
Part of the slow evacuation (and daily slow exiting) comes from the fact that the airlines have significantly reduced the space between the seats. I am of the opinion that for safety reasons, there needs to be at least 12” between the front of one seat and the back of the seat in front of it.
Right. But the reason the people in back are not moving is because people in front are opening up the overhead bins and grabbing their bags. This is typical of the flight culture today. Me first. Let me cram as much stuff in my enormous suitcase and shove it in the overhead because I sure don’t want the hastle of checking my bag. And damn right I am going to retrieve my precious bag of clothes in a crash. Screw those people in back - let em roast. It’s like the scene in the Focker movie. People are nuts about their stupid bags.
Did anyone grab a live chicken?
I just heard about a passenger in the back saying she grabbed her bags and went out the hole in the back.
You play like you practice. Have these passengers ever practiced an emergency evacuation where they are taught to NOT take their bag? No. Have they practiced normal evacuations (i.e. normal exiting of planes) where they DO take their bags. Yes.
If you want this not to happen you’d have to train people do behave in a particular way it seems to me. And I don’t see a practical way to accomplish this.
This has been common in air disasters. People operate unthinking on automatic. When they get up they’re trained to pick up their baggage. I only recall one stewardess addressing this in her safety speech.
This is why I always try to sit in the exit row. In essence, people are unthinking automatons.
“Looking at the picture from inside the cabin, the overhead bins may have popped open on impact and spilled their carryons.”
This sounds like a pretty logical thought. If the bags fell out of the bins you might have needed to pick them up anyhow to unblock the aisle. Instead of placing them in the seats it might have been easier to evacuate the plane by holding on to them as you left the plane instead of maybe re-blocking the aisle.
I saw a live goat while sitting in the transit lounge at Cairo Airport about 30 years ago.With God as my judge!
Ditto. If I have time to grab my bag, I'll grab my bag.
And they were probably staring at their cell phones as they slid down the emergency exit ramp.
Before you condemn these people, why don’t you question the accuracy of the reporting? It’s the New York Times. Their Sunday Corrections column is bigger than the magazine section.
Who knows how any one would react in an emergency? Besides that, isn’t it possible the bags got tossed into the aisles in an emergency landing?
Everybody doesn’t exit immediately - there’s a queue, and I’d probably grab my bag, too, if I had a chance to without delaying the evacuation.
On the same line of thinking, how many of those passengers took a little longer doing something—getting out of their seats, moving through the cabins, sliding down the ramps or otherwise exiting the planes, or even evacuating the area afterwards because they were texting, talking, or videoing something on their phones?
Given the hard landing, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the overhead bins popped open and scattered bags into the aisles and on top of the people sitting in aisle seats. In fact, evacuation tests are done with bags scattered in the aisle. Why not take the bag in your lap or lying in the aisle with you with you? Are we going to make this a federal crime, too?
If I were the King of Airlines carry on luggage would be banned.
The best way to fundamentally change this is by means of drills - like fire drills, cruise ship “muster” drills and the like. No individual airline could ever do this because they don’t have the time and also it would send the wrong message.
What *could* be done would be a mandatory “flyers ed” course (by analogy) with drivers ed - where you practice evac procedures on a mock up plane in order to be permitted to fly. Which sounds like incredibly “nanny state” but from a purely practical standpoint *could* save a life or two over time.
On US domestic flights, I have seen passengers to avoid the checked bag fees bring everything short of steamer trunks as carry on bags... some so heavy they have to get help to cram them into the overhead bins. I have yet to see any airline strictly enforce the carry on bag size rules. I have often thought that in a crash or even severe turbulence these bags could become lethal missiles. It is a miracle that more people weren’t killed in this crash especially if some nitwits were struggling to evacuate with their carry on bags.
And to use this opportunity to rant —
Airlines charge for checked bags, and lose them. And the TSA always wanting in your panties and bags ....
So people carry on instead. No Brainer.
Then there is a safety issue of these bags all over during passenger loading and unloading. And the ‘cabin door’ checking, where they take larger carry ons and put them some where. But they are stacked by the passenger entry door (with wheel chairs and baby strollers, etc.) to plug up things during loading and unloading.
Meanwhile, some ‘smart, seasoned’ travellers stash their carryon (carry on, not carrion) in the overhead up near the front, as they proceed to their seat in the back. This is very convenient for them, but a PITA for all else.
I consider this a recipe for disaster, caused by greedy airlines.
With this mindset of ‘protect your stuff’, and the ‘prepare for landing’ stress to get out of the plane — I would predict that people are thinking that Number 1 priority = get my bag!
So taking their bags is to be expected.
Not smart, not safe, but expected given the circumstances.
Is this deliberately intended to be a stupid question?
The bags were in the aisle, and had to be carried out to speed the exit from the plane.
Even the food from the pantry was in the aisle.
On US domestic flights, I have seen passengers to avoid the checked bag fees bring everything short of steamer trunks as carry on bags
>> “I dont see why anyone is making it an issue” <<
Because the world’s average IQ is headed down the same steep, slippery slope as freedom!
LOL! I think I heard that the Caucasians slid faster than the Koreans did. /s
What shocked me was hearing about the girl who survived the plane crash, only to be struck and killed by an emergency vehicle. Must have been the smoky runways, mixed with urgency to get to aircraft.
Grabbing your bag is a bad idea - you may believe there is time or that it won’t get in the way - Seriously stupid to worry about your bag in a crash - why - one word - JET FUEL
Would it be “rational” to leave the bags in the way?
They didn’t want to leave their wives behind!
I think they may not have known. The stewardess said the fire did not start until everyone left.
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