gatibosgru wrote:aviatorcraig wrote:It is so easy for us to sit at home or in the office on airliners.net in our safe environment and criticise people in an evacuation taking their hand luggage with them. These people have just gone from "normal" to a major traumatising, life threatening event in seconds and survival instincts kick in. Part of those survival instincts are to get yourself and your belongings to safety and back to "normal" as soon as possible.
I would bet if questioned later they do not even remember collecting their carry-on.
This will almost certainly be a once in a lifetime event for those involved and threatening passengers with legal action will make no difference at all. We have seen it happen repeatedly in the past and will see it happen in the future unless pax are physically seperated from their belongings.
If someone dies due to my actions, and it wasn't intentional, it is still manslaughter. There is no "we weren't thinking" involved. This is why the crew emphasizes that you should pay attention to the safety video/instruction and read the seat back.
While I am sure it was all overwhelming and it wasn't their intent, but they do say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
What if the action is not just not intentional but also out of your control? As the Russian report linked about said, in such extreme situation, behavior of human are mechanical and it would be asking too much for people to think of the consequences because conducting their action because that is not how our brain work.