yeelep From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 607 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2217 times:
If they are a slide/raft then yes they can. I've read in a earlier post that the 737 is the only in production A/B aircraft that doesn't have slide rafts avialible as at least an option. The 737 uses rafts installed in the aisle overhead. That said , the slide on a 737 could possibly be used as a flotation device by cutting it away from the girt bar. I haven't a clue how stable or how long it would stay inflated relative to a proper slide raft.
Markhkg From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 960 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
Quoting yeelep (Reply 1): That said , the slide on a 737 could possibly be used as a flotation device by cutting it away from the girt bar.
Evacuation slides (that are not side/rafts) can generally be easily detached to use as a flotation device without the need to cut the girt. For the 737 series it is simply a matter of lifting the girt flap and pulling the white separation handle. (Even though it is not a slide/raft, it still has this feature). The slide will remained attached via a mooring line that can be detached or cut.
Many carriers will recommend to their crew to flip the flotation slide around since there is the center of the upside down slide is actually big enough to put passengers who need serious assistance (e.g. children) in it. The slide is actually pretty buoyant despite not being a slide/raft.