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AnthonyDunn – I would hope he is.

I have been unfortunate enough to twice have experienced a full blown evacuation with slides blown etc and on both occasions I saw people getting down bags and duty free and trying to put on shoes while the crew and other passengers shouted at them to move.

On the first occasions I also saw and heard a woman shouting,
“Make way, business class, make way business class !” as we were all waiting our turn to slide out of the aircraft.

There was some excellent research done at Sydney University funded by Qantas which looked at the reactions from people in emergency situations of this kind. They divided the population into a number of groups:

Compliant – does as they are told without argument
Argumentative – demands explanations and more information before action
Aggressive – Walks over every one else, accelerated self preservation
Statues – freeze and do not move. May need to be physically move perhaps by force.

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