Images and videos are appearing online from inside the cabin of the Southwest Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing after an engine explosion. The Southwest flight 1380 was twenty minutes into its journey leaving New York’s LaGuardia Airport headed to Dallas when the explosion caused a window to burst, partially sucking one passenger out of the plane. Fellow passengers were able to pull the woman back in, but sadly, she died of her injuries.
Meanwhile the opening in the window caused air pressure to drop dramatically and oxygen masks were released. With the photos coming out of the twenty minute ordeal, people have noticed that many of the passengers were using the oxygen masks incorrectly.
Of course anyone who has flown knows that instructions are given at the start of every flight on the proper use of the masks in case of an emergency. Sometimes people simply don't pay attention, or it could be that what makes perfect sense in a calm environment, goes out of our heads when real life or death panic sets in. The AP has listed the proper technique for using an oxygen mask in such an emergency:
— They will drop from a panel above you. You should pull them toward your face to extend the cord as needed.
— Place the mask over both your nose and mouth.
— With your free hand, pull the elastic string over your head and tighten as needed.
— Adults should always secure their masks first before assisting children. You’ll be of no use if you pass out from oxygen deprivation.
Questions were raised, that if the design were better it may prompt people to use the mask correctly.
if the masks were shaped to FIT over a nose, they wouldn't make this mistake. this is a design flaw.— ccwagwag (@ccwag13) April 19, 2018
if this many people can make the same mistake in the scenario the device is ostensibly designed for, then the problem isn't with the user.— GooseYArd (@gooseyard) April 19, 2018
Create masks that FIT over the nose and mouth. Those masks are obviously too small to cover both.— Stephen Buck (@stephenbuck) April 19, 2018
It would probably help if the mask shape was better suited to go over the nose and mouth. Even if you pay attention during the briefing, you likely aren’t going to be thinking clearly enough to remember details in an emergency— 🤔 Deedle the Doodle 🤨 (@DeenyMarie) April 19, 2018
With this being social media, many felt comfortable sitting safely behind their computers, admonishing those who were no doubt fearing for their lives.
Because they didn't pay attention to the instructions given.. Morons— Daniel (@mrdimples661) April 20, 2018
Let the dumb ones die off and naturally clean up the gene pool.— BergesonMT (@bergesonmt) April 19, 2018
Did we really avoid a disaster? Maybe we're better off without a plane full of idiots....— TennesseePatriots (@TheTNPatriots) April 19, 2018
Thankfully there are some decent humans who still have the ability to show compassion for what must have been a terrifying ordeal.
I think by just being an adult you would know that it has to go over your nose too. I don't need someone to tell me that. I think if I did it wrong it would be because I was so horrified that I was about to die I couldn't think straight.— itsskippy (@itsskippy1) April 20, 2018
I don’t understand why people are surprised by this. These passengers feared for their lives, and when we are anxious, we tend to forget details.— L. Field Penticuff (@LFieldPenticuff) April 19, 2018
Nice to know that if you manage to survive a life-threatening situation you can look forward to being shamed on the internet for not paying attention to the flight attendants.— Steven Strohl (@StevenMStrohl) April 19, 2018