Anyone who has ever taken a flight on a commercial airline is familiar with the flight attendant’s instructions to secure your own oxygen mask before helping others. Have you ever wondered what your legal liability and responsibility are when it comes to helping other airplane passengers during an emergency situation?
Passengers often seek the exit rows because they provide a roomier plane ride, but you should be aware that sitting in that seat also comes with additional responsibility. If you agree to sitting in this seat, you also are agreeing to whatever the flight attendant requests during in flight safety instructions. Should you feel you are unable or unwilling to perform what is required than it is perfectly fine to request another seat.
Just as the flight attendant instructed, if the oxygen mask drops down, put it on yourself before helping someone else. In the worst case scenario, passengers would only have about 10 seconds before becoming unconscious. If you are responsible for someone else, like your child, you need to take care of yourself before others. Beyond this, it is up to your discretion whether to stop and help other passengers. As a passenger, you yourself are not legally obligated to render aid in an emergency plane situation.
Product malfunction or poor construction is often the cause of plane crashes. If you are the victim of a plane crash you have the right to hold plane manufacturers responsible for the damages you have incurred.