Concerned with reports that most passengers ignore safety instructions demonstrated on flight, DGCA has decided to step in and asked all airlines to conduct surprise quiz before take off to check passenger preparedness.
All major airlines have been asked to comply with this directive and DGCA has asked for a report to be submitted every week for analysis.
Speaking to Faking News a senior official said, “Demonstrating safety instruction is an essential part of flight travel. But we have information that most passengers ignore these instructions while choosing to stare into their smartphones instead. So we have decided to have a surprise quiz of 25 marks. The quiz will consist of questions based on safety instructions by crew. The test will have to be completed in 5 mins and there are negative marking too. The cut-off for test is 10 mks.”
When questioned as to what will happen to those who flunk the test, he replied, “They will be thrown off the flight. If the flight has already taken off, they will thrown out with a parachute.”
Most carriers have already started administering the quiz and initial figures reveal that majority if the passengers have barely managed clear the test. Ankit Grewal, a regular traveler recounted his experience. “I practically live out of my suitcase and air travel happens almost every 5 days. But never before have I paid close attention to the crew as I do now. Just last week I was traveling with my family and my son and he managed to score less than Sharmaji’s son sitting in the front seat. How embarrassing is that,” said Mr. Grewal, who is now looking to put his son through some private tuition so that the aces the quiz next time.
Our reporter also spoke to a few cabin crew members of Air India who were happy with the developments and said that with attention all focused at them during instructions, they don’t feel ignored any more.
Though the move has been successful for most carriers, there were few teething troubles for some. A Jet Airways flight from Patna to Delhi reported incidents of mass copying. “No sooner we handed the quiz paper, relatives of passengers were seen outside the window trying to pass on answers to the questions. We tried to close the windshield but the passengers protested. Few even resorted to violence claiming that they had paid money to senior officials. But the situation was brought under control after the flight took off,” said co-pilot of the aircraft.