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Experienced pilot roasts TikTokkers for their ‘advice’ on how to survive a plane crash
When it comes to air travel it's always best to leave it to the experts.
Laura Shallcross
07.20.21

The internet is littered with people who think they’re experts on subjects they actually know nothing about.

Whether they’ve done a bit of research or simply theorized something out of thin air, many people in the online community will try to insist that they’re right about something they’re actually unqualified to talk about.

Thankfully, the actual experts are there to put them in their place, like Pilot Kelsey.

As a Boeing 747 Airline Pilot, it’s safe to say that Pilot Kelsey knows his stuff about air travel.

He goes to work not to earn money, but because he’s obsessed with his job.

From pilots to passengers, Pilot Kelsey shares everything you’d ever want to know about flying on his YouTube channel, 74 gear.

So when he came across some TikTokkers offering “advice” about surviving a plane crash, he had to step in.

The first video Pilot Kelsey chooses to roast features a TikTokker talking about the brace position.

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We all know what the brace position is – it’s where you lean forward and put your arms over your head, literally bracing for impact. Most of us are lucky enough to have never been asked to assume this position on a plane.

The TikTokker tries to insist that the brace position is dangerous, as it’ll break your back immediately.

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According to the TikTokker, we’re asked to assume this position because airlines want us to die, so they don’t have to deal with the millions of compensation they’d owe us if we survived.

Seems legit.

Apparently, instead, we should sit with our backs straight and our feet resting at a right angle against the chair in front of us.

Unsurprisingly, Pilot Kelsey says this advice is pretty much all wrong.

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He adds:

“You can break your back and survive. It literally happens all the time. But you know what’s harder to survive? A projectile going through your head.”

The reason for assuming brace position, Pilot Kelsey explains, is to put us at less risk of being hit by flying plane debris.

Additionally, this position is far safer than having your legs against the seat in front of you, which will probably result in your knees colliding with your head.

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The next video is of a TikTokker agreeing with the previous video on the subject of airline compensation.

She “confirms” that airlines really do want us to die in a plane crash. Apparently, she used to work for an aerospace company that made airplane seats.

According to this TikTokker, every single seat is made from “metal frames, tiny screws, double-sided tape and velcro, and zip ties” – and these seats “wouldn’t even withstand a car crash”.

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Of course, Pilot Kelsey is here to set this TikTokker straight, too.

He says:

“Great news: most pilots don’t get into car accidents while we’re flying a plane… Planes have so many backup systems specifically to avoid a crash. But if that plane were to crash, let’s say, into a mountain. You can put the fanciest car seat you want on it, and guess what? Probably not going to matter.”

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You can check out this full hilarious video, with more unbelievable TikTok “advice”, just below.

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By Laura Shallcross
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Laura Shallcross is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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