Many times passengers are joyously overly excited about their upcoming trip and do not take the safety drill in this case the muster drill seriously. They are chatting and celebrating with family, friends and other passengers and fail to grasp important safety issues. And it is a real problem for passengers that do not board at the initial port of departure. I can speak from experience that on a Greek Island cruise I boarded at the second port and did not receive any safety instructions. Tragically the ship I sailed on the Epirotiki Lines MTS Oceanos sank six years later off of the coast of Africa! With no safety briefing what would I have done?
This also seems to be true in regards to air travel. Many of us fly frequently and some of us can recite the safety instructions almost word for word as correctly as the flight attendants. However there are many different styles of airplanes and rarely is a passenger sitting in the exact same seat on the exact same style of airplane every flight. Again passengers are often chatting or reading during the pre-flight safety briefing and not really paying attention. How many passengers actually check to locate their nearest exit? Did you know that some airlines now have airbags in their seat belts? Do you know which airlines do?
As for bus travel, the new Megabus express bus service has a safety video that is shown to passengers as it departs the station. Passengers who have ridden on a Megabus trip, do you know what is said on the video? Or were you settling in for the ride oblivious to the information being relayed?
Hopefully this inconceivable tragedy will bring light on safety issues in the cruise industry. And just maybe also be an awakening for all passengers that travel commercially.
Pay attention people…the life you save may be your own or your loved one. Plus you need to return to tell your friends all about your awesome trip!