Cabin safety quiz

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As a passenger, do you know what to do in an emergency? We introduce some of the safety features and procedures that cabin crew use to protect passenger safety.

  1. In case of an emergency evacuation on landing, how long should it take to evacuate all passengers and crew from an A380 using the slides?
  1. 90 seconds
  2. as long as it takes—it’s a large aircraft
  3. three minutes
  1. Can window blinds be used during take-off and landing?
  1. yes, to block sunlight
  2. yes, with permission from the cabin crew
  3. no, because the cabin crew need to be able to see outside during take-off and landing in case of any emergency that may occur
  1. There are small black triangles above some windows in the cabin. What are they for?
  1. part of the aircraft interior design
  2. to show the best place for cabin crew/flight crew to see ice on the wing
  3. to show the best seats for passengers
  1. I want to sit on the overwing exit row for the legroom. What do I need to know?
  1. nothing, it’s just another seat
  2. the cabin crew will ask if I am happy to operate the exit during an evacuation
  3. I will not be able to stow my luggage under the seat in front
  1. What items are commonly featured in the safety demonstration?
  1. safety card, seat belt, oxygen, life jacket
  2. cabin floor lighting and exits
  3. fire extinguisher and life rafts
  1. What is the reason for dimming the cabin lights on night take-off and landing?
  1. so the light doesn’t blind another aircraft
  2. to make the passengers sleep
  3. in an emergency, the passengers/crews eyes have adapted to night vision
  1. If I lose my smart phone in my seat, what should I do?
  1. Ask the cabin crew to retrieve it, as it’s a lithium battery and could cause a fire.
  2. retrieve it myself
  3. move the seat to gain access to it
  1. Can you use an oxygen mask during a fire onboard?
  1. yes
  2. yes, with cabin crew or flight crew permission
  3. no, oxygen feeds fire
  1. Why is the ‘brace’ position important in an emergency landing?
  1. It is the most comfortable position.
  2. It has been heavily researched and has proven to save lives.
  3. It is the best position to save dental integrity in passengers
  1. Why do the cabin crew not talk during take-off and landing?
  1. because they are thinking about what they want to do when they get home
  2. because the crew don’t like to talk to passengers
  3. because the crew will be doing a ‘silent review’ in case of an emergency
  1. How long does the emergency oxygen on aircraft last?
  1. between 15 and 20 minutes
  2. it doesn’t run out
  3. one hour
  1. In an emergency evacuation, you should take off your glasses and shoes with heels. Why?
  1. to avoid injury to yourself and others
  2. it’s fine to keep shoes and glasses on
  3. to stop a potential puncture to the slide
  1. During boarding and the safety demonstration the cabin crew are looking for ABPs. What is an ABP?
  1. anti-Boeing person
  2. angry boarding passenger
  3. able-bodied passenger to assist in case of emergency
  1. When can cabin crew initiate an evacuation?
  1. they cannot, the pilot has to command it
  2. at anytime
  3. when the emergency is catastrophic
  1. When should lifejackets be inflated?
  1. once in the water
  2. before leaving the cabin
  3. once clear of the aircraft


1 (a) 90 seconds is the maximum evacuation time for any aircraft.

2 (c)

3 (b)

4 (b) and (c)

5 (a) and (b)

6 (c)

7 (a) Moving the seat can cause a break to the battery and set it on fire.

8 (c)

9 (b)

10 (c)

11 (a)

12 (c) Is the correct answer although (a) can be taken in to consideration!

13 (c)

14 (c) Catastrophic – fire, water landing, break up of aircraft.

15 (c) Reference to Ethiopian Airlines flight 961 landing on water, where passengers inflated lifejackets inside cabin; with the rising water, they became trapped inside the aircraft.