Viral Photo Shows Passengers Wearing Oxygen Masks Incorrectly

A picture taken from inside the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing on Tuesday is alarming aviation safety experts. Almost all of the passengers wear oxygen masks incorrectly.

The flight from Dallas to New York was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an explosion in the left engine sent shrapnel flying through a window, killing 43-year-old bank executive Jennifer Riordan.

A picture was taken by Marty Martinez, who was on flight 1380 which suffered a major engine failure. Martinez posted a photo to Twitter of himself and the rest of the passenger wearing oxygen masks.

However, Bobby Laurie, who is a travel expert and a former flight attendant, claimed on social media that all the people in the picture are wearing oxygen masks incorrectly.

Viral photo shows passengers incorrectly wearing oxygen masks Viral photo shows passengers incorrectly wearing oxygen masks

This is what he tweeted: “PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants! ALMOST EVERYONE in this photo from @SouthwestAir #SWA1380 today is wearing their mask WRONG. Put down the phone, stop with the selfies and LISTEN. **Cover your NOSE AND MOUTH.”

Although, a couple of people tried to argue Bobby saying that the most important this is that everyone has survived. And in case of a crash, the way of putting on the mask would not have mattered.

“It would have mattered a lot if they were at 35,000 feet,” replied Laurie. “They would be dead. Period.”

Aircraft emergency oxygen systems are emergency equipment fitted to pressurized commercial aircraft, intended for use when the cabin pressurization system has failed and the cabin altitude has climbed above a safe level. People who have no mask during the crucial situation can suffer hypoxia, a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and other tissues. It can cause a dizziness and disorientation, impaired judgment, unconsciousness and death.

Southwest Airlines did not make any announcements whether there were any passengers suffering from hypoxia. However, 7 experienced minor injuries, mainly due to the pieces of glass from the broken window. One more female traveler died due to severe injuries which she experienced after being partially sucked out through the aircraft window. Source