Funny air briefing videos 'devalue the safety message', says aviation expert


Aviation experts have criticised “stupid safety videos” after passengers forced to evacuate a flight last week were filmed carrying their wheelie suitcases on the plane’s emergency slides.

Last week passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Valencia were forced to evacuate using the emergency slides after the cabin was engulfed in smoke.

Videos showed passengers jumping onto the slides carrying their wheelie suitcases. Passengers are supposed to leave all personal belongings behind in an evacuation.

Safety experts have warned the recent trend for humorous pre-flight safety demonstration videos mean passengers do not know what to do in an emergency.

British Airways revealed a new safety video in July last year featuring fictional character Chabuddy G, played by Asim Chaudhry in the BBC’s People Just Do Nothing.

The video also features Sir Michael Caine, Olivia Colman, Naomie Harris, Joanna Lumley and David Walliams.

Alex Macheras, an aviation analyst, told The Times the rise of the “stupid” videos means passengers struggle to know what to do in an emergency.

“When an aircraft is having an emergency landing and passengers are told they will need to evacuate, their heads are supposed to be ticking back to everything they saw in that video. All I can remember now is someone laughing, someone joking, someone being sarcastic and Mr Bean dancing around at the end [of the BA one].”


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