So, I am a nerd. I like to listen to NPR especially especially fresh air. I love her interviews, the book reviews of books that I buy and can't find time to read.
A writer she was interviewing was describing the instructional presentation that is at the beginning of every flight as if everyone was in church, being quiet (which no one does anymore) and not challenging why we are suppose to put on or mask before helping anyone else.
All I can ever think about during the "in the case of a water landing, remove your seat and wrap your arms in the bands to use as a personal flotation device" is we are more than likely going to crash into the ocean and die. If, by chance scully is piloting our plane and we successfully "land" on water, that seat isn't going to float with me on it for very long or keep me from getting eaten by sharks. Worse yet, I land in the everglades and get eaten by an alligator. Hopefully I drown before I am eaten.
I once thought that the price of tickets should be based on pilots experience (odds are if they crashed you wouldn't have to concern yourself with those pilots), but if scully is flying, you would probably pay a little more for that peace of mind. If you get a newbie well then you get a discount to buy air insurance from one of those little kiosks at the airport.
Speaking of which, if you buy insurance and you die....how does anyone know you purchased insurance. They could just cash your check and move along to the next anxiety driven purchaser.
I always wonder if I am the only one who thinks any of this and wants to ask the nice stewardess how long I may expect that cushion to float (they are probably secretly thinking the same thing I am, we are all going to die so really none of this information is useful). Maybe if you are really crafty you could steal a bunch of them and tie a few to each appendage, that might keep you floating for a few more minutes. I do know one thing, don't fly on airchina, they have a bad habit of losing planes. Wonder how those seat cushions are floating?