The Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet-100 accident that took 41 lives indicate that Aviation industry should reexamine the carry on bag policy, and the safety videos.
Some passengers on flight SU-1492 insisted on taking their hand luggage and filming the disaster, blocked the way for people who wanted to follow the standard evacuation procedure. If they had followed the safety instructions, some more people might have lived today.
This is not the first time, passengers searching for their carry-on luggage during an accident. Passengers on British Airways flight 2276 in Las Vegas, American Airlines flight 383 in Chicago, and Emirates flight 521 in Dubai were also stopped to collect their hand luggage.
Aeroflot said that the evacuation only took 55 seconds which is less than the 90-second evacuation rule, but the fire engulfed them before that time.
Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of Airline Ratings writes, “In the evacuation certification tests for aircraft, the “passengers” are aircraft manufacturer employees who know the drill and they have no baggage.”…”If regulators were to re-certify the long-range Boeing 777 to the reality of what actually happens, the 550 exit limit aircraft would have to be recertified to just 183 passengers – less than half its typical load.”…But for smaller aircraft such as the widely used A320 – and Boeing 737 – which has an exit limit of 195 and a typical configuration of 180 mostly economy passengers the impact would be devastating with a new limit of just 65.”
Is it the time to get rid of overhead bins and allow only a small hand luggage to keep under the font seats, and change the safety videos to more serious than commercialising like a movie.
Any other ideas that you may suggest..?