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Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"  
User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

I was travelling on a BD flight from DUB to LHR last night and during the safety demo the flight attendant said to place your hands one on top of the other while head-down in the brace position. This reminded me of the Aer Lingus A330 safety video which states the same thing but adds "do not interlock your fingers" (see video below). Can anybody answer why some airlines say this? I would guess it has something to do with not restricting movement of your arms when an impact occurs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...yer_detailpage&v=MNTcWT5yE2E#t=99s

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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2414 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5808 times:

So you don't break all your fingers? The same reason that Formula 1 drivers let go of the car's steering wheel right before impacting the wall; they don't want the steering wheel rebound (spinning) to break their fingers.


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User currently onlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6339 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

I guess finger crossing is forbidden by an already superstitious people   And lest anyone be offended, know that I descend from a fine line of Irish relavitves 


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User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

Thanks for the replies - makes sense about preventing broken fingers but seems like a very minor thing to worry about in the bigger picture of a plane crash!

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19278 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5654 times:

Quoting Phen (Reply 3):
Thanks for the replies - makes sense about preventing broken fingers but seems like a very minor thing to worry about in the bigger picture of a plane crash!

If you break fingers, you are going to have a harder time releasing your seatbelt and participating in the evacuation. A broken finger doesn't sound like much, but it's exceedingly painful.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

Fingers are more likely to get damaged if interlocked,that would cause more difficulty.
Punch a wall with your bare fist & feel the impact,a broken finger feels much much more. 



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