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Why No One Should Swap Seats on a Plane

December 14, 2019

You board yet another long-haul flight and
look for your seat. “26B – here we are!” You look down to see two husky dudes sitting
in 26A and C. “Oh boy…” Hmm…There are plenty of empty seats around… “Time to switch places!” But not so fast! You could put the whole plane at risk! First, you probably aren’t the only one
looking to pull the ol’ switcharoo. Even if just a few passengers do it, they
could throw the plane off balance! And since most aircraft are incredibly sensitive
to changes in their center of gravity, it can lead to dramatic consequences. During takeoff, pilots must know the distribution
of weight on the plane to make exact calculations. If these calculations are off even the slightest,
there are chances that the aircraft can crash while leaving the ground. But even if the worst doesn’t happen, pilots
can still have serious problems controlling the plane after passengers change their seats
without informing the crew. For example, one pilot could hardly get the
plane in the needed position after just 4 passengers left their assigned seats and moved
themselves to the front of the cabin. The situation was critical because the runway
at that particular airport was unusually short. If something had gone wrong, the plane wouldn’t
have been able to stop! By the way, if the airport staff load baggage
incorrectly, for example, in the rear compartment instead of the front one, it can also mess
with the plane’s balance. In this case, the aircraft’s nose can pitch
up too fast. You might think that would only help get the
plane up in the air, but an inexact takeoff can be an incredibly dangerous situation! In any case, it doesn’t mean you can’t change
your seat on the plane at all. But before nestling in a more comfortable
or spacious spot, ask a cabin crew member if you’re allowed to do so. And don’t be surprised or offended if they
say no! The “No Seat-Hopping” rule isn’t the only
one you should follow to have a safe flight. Here are some others you’ll need to keep
in mind on your next trip at 30,000 feet! And if you can add anything to the list, then
leave your suggestions down in the comments! – Always secure your tray table as soon as
the plane starts moving on the tarmac, and never lower it during takeoff and landing. It’s a security measure that ensures you and
other passengers will have a clear path in case of an emergency evacuation. – Keep your seat in an upright position during
takeoff and landing. Like a lowered tray table, a reclined seat
can seriously slow down an evacuation since it’ll block the person sitting behind you. Not to mention, if your seat is leaning back,
it’ll be nearly impossible for that person to get into the brace position during a crash
landing. – If you have a choice when booking a flight,
go for a larger aircraft. Planes with more than 30 seats are designed
and certified under even stricter regulations. If you’re on a larger aircraft, you have
higher chances of surviving a possible accident. – Remember that sitting near an emergency
exit means not only more leg room but also more responsibility. You’ll have to help other passengers evacuate
the plane. That’s why only able-bodied adults can occupy
such seats. On top of that, they absolutely must read
emergency exit safety cards to know how to act if something goes wrong. – Follow cabin crew instructions to open window
shades during takeoff and landing. This way, flight attendants can see what’s
happening outside, assess the situation, and act fast in case something out there tells
them that an evacuation will be needed. For example, smoke or fire might be coming
from one of the engines. And if there’s a fire outside one exit,
they’ll know to redirect passengers toward another door. – Fly non-stop without connections if you
can. An overwhelming majority of plane crashes
happen during the first 3 and last 8 minutes of the flight. In other words, that’s during takeoff, climb,
descent, and landing. If there isn’t a staggering difference in
price, fly non-stop. This way, you can not only shorten the duration
of your trip but also cut the risk of getting into an accident during those especially dangerous
moments. – Anything can happen during a flight. Make sure all the gadgets you’re traveling
with have backup files on a separate hard-drive or in the cloud. Assume that you might lose your electronic
device at some point during your trip (and it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a crash!). – Wearing proper clothing will reduce your
risks during air travel. Try to wear clothes made of natural fibers
such as wool, cotton, leather, and denim. They’ll protect you the best if there’s
a fire or evacuation. As for synthetic fabrics like polyester or
nylon, they melt easily when heated. Your clothes should also be comfortable and
loose – you should be able to move freely in them. Opt for long sleeves and pants – they’ll
cover as much of your body as possible and provide warmth and protection if need be. And finally, pay attention to your footwear. No high heels, flip-flops, or sandals: you’ll
be asked to remove them before you leave the plane via an escape slide. That’ll just slow down your evacuation and
put you at risk of cutting your feet on metal debris or broken glass. – Don’t panic or complain when the cabin lights
get dimmed before a nighttime takeoff and landing. It’s a standard safety procedure that allows
your eyes to adjust faster if there’s an emergency evacuation. Imagine it this way: you’re in a bright room
crammed with different objects. Someone suddenly switches off the light and
tells you to get out of this room as fast as you can. You’d probably struggle, right? But if your eyes have already adjusted to
the dimness, then you’ll be able to spot exit signs and emergency lights in the aisle when
the cabin fills with smoke or the power goes out. – Listen to cabin crew instructions attentively. Always remember that these people are there
for your safety. So if one of them asks you to do something,
obey first and ask questions later. Also, never pour hot drinks like coffee or
tea on your own. Flight attendants are trained to handle this
task in the tiny crowded aisles of a moving airplane without accidentally burning you
or other passengers! – Prepare a “run kit” and make sure it’s with
you at all times. Such a kit should contain your passport, wallet,
cell phone, credit cards and cash, any necessary medications, and a list of emergency contacts. Most of these things are difficult to replace
if you lose them in the hustle and bustle of an evacuation. So keep them on your person through the whole
flight, like in your pocket or a fanny pack. As for your purse or that carry-on bag full
of clothes and personal hygiene stuff, leave it! Remember that during an evacuation, you have
a mere 90 seconds to leave the aircraft. – Don’t stuff heavy objects into overhead
lockers. They can fall out during severe turbulence
and injure you or other passengers. If it feels difficult to lift something into
the overhead bin, better store it under the seat in front of you or elsewhere. – The people sitting near the emergency exits
might be obligated to read the safety instructions in the seat pack in front of them, but you
better too! Plane layouts are vastly different, so you
must know the main points about the one you’re on. If worse comes to worst , this knowledge may
save your life. For the same reason, always listen to and
watch the pre-flight safety briefing. – If you see some suspicious activity or strange-looking
packages, immediately inform the cabin crew (if you’re already on the plane) or a security
officer (if you’re still at the airport). Chances are that it’s nothing to worry about,
but it’s better to be safe than sorry. – It might be a waste of time to look for
the safest seat on the plane because it probably doesn’t exist. Even if you’re near an exit, it may not be
functioning after an accident. And while an aisle seat can provide you with
a speedier evacuation should something happen, you may also be hurt by objects falling from
overhead bins. Well that gets me all excited about flying. Seriously, think of it this way. The more prepared you are for something, the
less likely it is to happen. I just made that up. Sound good? Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!

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  1. If it was that sensitive the flight attendants can redistribute the passengers. I find this video way less than compelling.

  2. This is the first time I disagree with this channel. My Brother is a Captain in AA and he said this is hardly a concern. Also several airlines allow first come first serve seating based on seating class. If weight switching was a concern and constant shifting, then this first come first serve seating wouldn’t be allowed.

  3. Well, this is BS, if it was such a big deal to move seats, then when people walk up and down isles the plane would tip in mid air….it takes a DRASTIC shift in CG (center of gravity) to have a catastrophic effect. I watched no more than 50 seconds because I couldn’t listen to this stupidity….along with these exact calculations, when’s the last time you stepped on a scale getting on the plane?

  4. This has to be a joke right? This happens all the time and yet plane accidents are far and few these days. Especially if you’re on a large flight, it’s made to be more resilient than that.

  5. If changing your seat effects the the dynamics of a plane in flight, what does a flight attendant rolling a 500lb cart down the isle do?

  6. Meanwhile while I'm on the airplane
    Seatbelt signs turns off
    What I see: 20 people get up to go to the front to use the bathroom

  7. One time me and my family went into an airplane but it was empty to every one went to a line of seats and sleep because the flyet is 13 hours

  8. If you were so inclined as to follow these somewhat dubious recommendations, you’d never get off the ground. Some good ideas, but mostly nonsense. Jeeze.

  9. You must be riding on a really small plane. All of the flights I have been on, people get up, move around and no one died.

  10. I worked in aviation and these are the things we learned in training. The weight and balance thing is absolutely correct. Passengers think that a couple of people moving won’t matter but with the bags and other things adding to the weight on the airplane, things need to be evenly distributed. Imagine 400 extra pounds in the front of the airplane while trying to take off ??‍♀️ It’s like that for a reason. No one has time to make up things just for fun.

  11. Swapping seats for those of us that weigh under 100lbs would not effect the plane. People that are super heavy would on the other hand

  12. WTH? sorry but sounds nonsense to me..I did that many times when flying back to my country from Doha..The plane had very few passengers and i had 3 free seats to myself to sleep..and no1 said anything to that..this is the only time im not agree with u bright side, sorry..

  13. one time i was sitting with my dad alone on an airplane, and this rude dude tried to take it because he "needed" the seat, something was NOT right with him..

  14. I always know where the emergency exit is, because on most planes this is the only row I can sit! I always book it, when it's not possible, I'll get relocated to it anyway, because my knees would be up to my ears and still press against the front row. I'm just a little over 2m (6.6 ft) and yet I feel on planes like in smurf country.

  15. Utter rubbish.
    Find out the truth like I did. I will not be watching any more of your misinformation. THIS IS. OT RELEVANT TO PASSENGERS.

  16. Hahaha you expect me to believe my 100 pound body will have an effect when the plane is more than 500,000 pounds along with the 1000s pounds of luggage?if that were the case they wouldnt allow people to get up on the plane to stretch their legs or go to the washroom while the plane is on the air. Youve hurt ur credibility with this video.

  17. I have to stop watching these completely. Large commercial aircraft are not that sensitive to changes in center of gravity caused by a few passengers changing seats. That's why you have never heard of an accident caused by passengers moving around the cabin. Of course if a large number of passengers moved, it may have an effect but the number would have to be large.

  18. 1 This is bullcrap. If this were true why can you sit anywhere on Southwest Airlines.

    2. All this stuff is told to you by the cabin crew, expect to not switch seats.

    3. The seats on airplanes barely recline.

    4. The Flight Attendant : Oh no I can't see the fire!

    The Pilot : This beeping light right here shows that engine 2 is on fire…

    5. The video: Imagine your phone goes through your zipped backpack.

    Me: I shall consider that.


    Me: The plane just crashed, are you gonna make me?

    7. Video : Listen to flight attendants at ALL TIMES!!!

    Flight Attendant : You didn't turn all your devices to airplane phone. We will fine you $10,000 and take all you devices as damages you may have done to the plane.

  19. Bruh this is so fake i was on a fifteen hour flight and when i woke up
    in the morning literally the whole plane was up and waiting in a huge line for the bathrooms

  20. Well I never do that thing. Always pay attention for anything that staf say. Cause there only 2 chance for doing flight. One you arrive savely and two you die in aircraft. So don't be toxic passenger and think "everything will be okay".

  21. I asked my friends Dad who's been a pilot for 25 years and he said that they don't want people to swap seats, if the Plane goes down its easier to identify the bodies. Don't wanna bury John where Ben should of been. That's what he told me. I'm no flying expert but kinda makes sense to me!!

  22. Or just take a train instead.Sometimes it’s cheaper and you don’t have to take shoes off and get pat downs in security.

  23. would the flight attendants let you change seats if you are a child to move to a seat with more people you know so that your not sitting with strangers because it can be dangerous if a child sits with a stranger

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