How To Properly Use Your Oxygen Mask If The Unthinkable Happens

Most air travelers tune out the safety instructions that U.S. commercial airline flight attendants provide before departure but perhaps they need to listen up. Pictures taken by passengers who were on the tragic Southwest Airlines flight that experienced an engine failure last week, leading to a broken window and the death of one passenger, showed that most didn’t wear their oxygen masks properly. Not using them as designed could have put their safety and health at risk. Here’s what you should know in order to properly use your oxygen mask if the unthinkable should occur on your next flight:

This YouTube video by Inside Edition shows the dramatic images of passengers on the plane incorrectly wearing oxygen masks. It also includes a demonstration of how to correctly use the mask to its full effectiveness.

Have you ever had to use an oxygen mask on a U.S. commercial flight, and if so, did most of the passengers know what to do? Do you have any advice in the rare situation that cabin pressure does drop on a flight? Keep in mind that air travel is actually the safest mode of travel. For related news, you might find the article of why you’re more likely to cry on a plane of interest.