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Although air accidents are extremely rare, flight emergencies can happen and passengers may need to be evacuated by flight attendants.

The flight attendants onboard a Japan Airlines flight were recently praised for evacuating over 370 passengers in 18 minutes following a crash at Tokyo Haneda Airport.

On a recent Alaska Airlines flight, an unused cabin door broke away from the plane shortly after takeoff.

While flight attendants are well-prepared in the event of an emergency, there are some things passengers can do to protect themselves and others.

Express.co.uk spoke to former flight attendant Jane Hawkes (ladyjaneyco.uk) to get her top plane safety tips for passengers.

Jane said: “Watch the safety demo carefully before departure. Frequent flyers in particular tend not to pay proper attention to the crew’s briefing.

“Make sure you know exactly where your nearest exit is and the location of key safety equipment.”

Even if you’ve seen hundreds of them before, it’s important to always watch the flight safety demo. Passengers should also locate their nearest emergency exit before the plane takes off.

She added: “Always wear your seatbelt when seated regardless of whether the ‘Fasten Seatbelt’ sign is on or off. In the case of the Alaska Airlines plane, if anyone close to that part of the plane had been without a seatbelt, they would have been sucked out.

“Wearing your seatbelt in flight is also important should the aircraft encounter any kind of extreme turbulence mid-flight. If passengers are not strapped in, they could be seriously injured.

“Stay seated on landing until the Fasten Seatbelt sign is switched off, don’t undo seatbelts and move around the cabin in case the aircraft has to stop suddenly when taxiing to stand.”

It’s important to wear a seatbelt at all times even if the sign is off. If the seatbelt sign comes on, passengers should return to their seat and fasten their belt.

Jane added: “Do not try to take your hand luggage in the event of an evacuation. This can hamper the efforts of the crew to evacuate passengers safely and timely.

“Follow emergency instructions from the cabin crew to the letter. Although on a daily basis, flights are daily routine with the serving of food and beverages and looking after passengers onboard, the primary role of cabin crew is passenger safety and they are well trained to deal with every eventuality.”

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