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With regards to aircraft certification and evacuations within X seconds/minutes, I’m left wondering about the integrity of such tests and how they are conducted.

Are the tests performed based on 100% fully compliant passengers who follow the crew’s instructions to the T? Or do they allow for a human element in terms of reactions to stressful/dangerous situations, e.g. do they factor in time for passengers freezing up (blocking aisles), taking luggage with them etc.?

Airlines are removing toilets and reconfiguring aircraft to maximise passenger numbers on planes of all shapes and sizes. As they do so I just wonder about the safety of cramming in even more non-compliant pasengers.

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