I was wondering about this for a while now. Why don't airlines set aside special days at their emergency training facilities for passengers, particularly frequent fliers, in order for them to gain real-life experience in emergency situations? We all hear the monotonous safety briefings every time we fly. Many of us tune them out thinking we know it all. Why not allow passengers to see what it would really be like to open a cabin door and evcacuate down a slide in near zero visibility? I think pasengers would be alot better off having the experience of opening emergency exits rather than just reading the information on a safety card. Let them see how exit path lighting will guide them to an exit in thick smoke...etc. Let them see how chaos can erupt in an emergency situation. After actually getting a hands-on experience with these procedures, I think fliers will have better peace of mind when they fly. They will know what to expect and how to react should something out of the ordinary occur.
Granted, it may not look good for PR to have one of these classes advertised in the inflight magazine. Then there is the liability issue if someone got hurt during the activities. But aside from those two drawbacks, what do you all think?