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.