Why Commercial Airlines Don't Carry Parachutes

At first glance, it might seem logical to have parachutes on commercial airplanes but it is, in fact, not so much.

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Have you ever wondered why commercial airlines don't carry parachutes? After all, at first glance, it could be a safe way to land during emergencies.

However, in practicality having parachutes on airplanes would not only be costly and inefficient, but it would also be downright dangerous. Why?

For starters, let's address the cost concerns. Parachutes are very expensive and in addition, they would severely increase the weight of the plane meaning more fuel would be needed and flights would cost more.

Parachutes are also not practical as commercial planes are not designed to jump out of. But let's assume that they were. The next issue would be the fact that passengers would need to be trained to use the parachutes.

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Let's assume passengers were somehow trained for this purpose. The next issue would be the weather. Accidents often happen in bad weather but those circumstances also make it very dangerous to use a parachute.

And that's not even taking into account that airplanes fly way too high for anyone to safely jump out of. Finally, let's talk speed.

Planes fly so fast that anyone jumping out of them would be pulled into them and smashed against them. Ouch! These are just some of the reasons why parachutes on airplanes are not a viable option. Watch our video to find out more.

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