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Should overhead compartments be locked in case of crash landings?

Apparently it's been considered

Video footage of an Emirates plane crash-landing and then catching fire in Dubai revealed passengers delaying evacuation in order to get their belongings. 


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Fools, you might say. But imagine yourself in their shoes: your passport's just in the seat pocket next to your phone, and you might as well get your iPad and wallet. Soon you succumb to the temptation of getting your bag stashed above, only to realise everyone else has had the same thought...


So how do you get flyers to leave their belongings behind?


The ABC spoke to cabin safety consultant Sue Rice who said that education is key rather than introducing fines and the like.


"Until such time as the authorities are able to say, categorically, that there has been fatality as a result of passengers taking bags, then ... I don't believe that anything will change," she said.


But apparently locking overhead compartments has been considered within the industry over the last two or three years.


"I wouldn't say never, I would imagine that the aircraft manufacturers would make that as an added cost to the airlines when they are buying an airplane ... because it would be another mechanical internal process (or) an automated process on the airplane, and that would have to come at a cost," Rice said.


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 5 August 2016

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