Airline safety videos run the gamut from utterly dry and boring to an all singing, all dancing disco production. Some of the wackier ones I’ve written about before, but for sheer graphic realism that gets the message across, you can’t go past this one.

You will have read about the fact 379 people recently evacuated a Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 with only a few minor injuries. A well trained and professional crew contributed to this, as well as orderly passengers who awaited for and followed crew instructions.

The Graphic Safety Video Helped Too

Unlike the very long safety videos peppered with “humour” (I’m looking at you, British Airways), the Japan Airlines version runs less than four minutes and packs in everything you need to know… and in two languages at that!

What is really interesting is that Japan Airlines has decided to show what happens when you DON’T follow the rules. For example, there is an example of what happens to cabin baggage when it’s not stowed correctly.

It also shows other unfortunate things, such as what happens when you don’t keep your seat belt fastened. The most interesting sequence demonstrates what happens when selfish passengers retrieve cabin baggage during an evacuation. You literally see the people being blocked and unable to get past.

The fact it also demonstrates how to slide down the slide, asks people to help others and shows lots of people running away from the plane reflects reality in a way other airline safety videos shy away from. This has been put together very well.

Overall Thoughts

Japan Airlines have done a great job with their safety video, and while some might think it is graphic, it really isn’t. The video reflects the reality of airline emergency situations and as a passenger I’d rather be informed than not.

The proof is in the pudding, with the evacuation of the Japan Airlines A350 being a textbook example of how to do it. JAL really does do it right, even though it took an unfortunate accident to prove it.

What do you think of the Japan Airlines safety video? Do any other airlines do it as well? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or queries, please leave them below.

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