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Airline passenger safety measures work!

That much is obvious in the aftermath of that Air France jet that crashed last week in Toronto. Despite a horrifying few moments when the ill-fated Airbus skidded off the runway into a ravine and cracked open, all 297 passengers and 12 crew members got out before flames engulfed the aircraft.

The successful evacuation offers an important lesson for all who fly.

There is a reason safety instructions are given to passengers at the beginning of each flight. And there is value in paying attention and knowing what to do in the rare event something unexpected actually happens.

Despite chaotic conditions, enough passengers, including well-trained flight attendants, kept cool heads and had everyone out of the aircraft within two-minutes.

Familiarity often brings complacency, and so it probably is with many regular airline passengers who tend to tune-out what flight attendants have to say about oxygen masks, floatation devices and locating the nearest emergency exit.

Next time you fly – next time you take your seat and the flight attendant takes the microphone, or a video comes on a screen with information about safety – KSL encourages you to think about what happened in Toronto August 2 and perhaps pay a little closer attention to the instructions being given.

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