An investigation of passenger exit selection decisions in aircraft evacuation situations
Galea, Edwin R. and Lawrence, Peter (2009) An investigation of passenger exit selection decisions in aircraft evacuation situations. Human Behaviour in Fire 2009 - Conference Proceedings. Interscience Communications Ltd., Greenwich, London, UK, pp. 421-432. ISBN 978-0-9556548-3-1Full text not available from this repository.
This paper presents results from a questionnaire study of participant exit awareness and suggested exit selection in the event of emergency evacuations involving narrow body aircraft. The study involved 459 participants with varying flight experience. The results of this study supports the hypothesis that poor understanding by passengers of aircraft exit location and configuration may be a contributory factor in the resulting poor exit selection decisions made by passengers in emergency situations. These results have important safety implications for airlines and also provide important insight to evacuation model developers regarding the decision making process in agent exit selection.
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