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Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"

Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:22 pm

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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RE: Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"

Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:55 pm

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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RE: Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"

Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:46 pm

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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RE: Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"

Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:23 pm

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!
 
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RE: Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"

Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:03 pm

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.
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RE: Safety Demo: "do Not Interlock Your Fingers"

Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:47 am

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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