Following a documentary on Channel 4 recently whereby an experiment saw a Boeing-727 crash over the Mexican desert, Sunshine.co.uk reports that it has received an increase in enquires from customers looking to ensure they sit towards the back of the plane, where it was deemed ‘safest’ in the programme.
The company reports that The Plane Crash documentary caused an increase in enquiries made by UK holidaymakers looking to be reassured that they won’t be sat at the front of the plane; which was shown to be the most dangerous section of the aircraft for passengers to be in if the plane went down, according to the experiment.
The company received more than 400 enquiries from customers in the month following the documentary that related to their seats on the flight for their holiday. Most customers were simply asking how to ensure they’d be sat towards the back of the aircraft when going on their holiday and around 50 of the enquiries received referenced seat ‘7A’, where customers asked about how they’d ensure that they weren’t sat in that seat when they went on their next holiday. In the documentary, seat 7A was shown to be catapulted 500ft from the plane.
The programme showed that, once the plane went down, none of the passengers in First Class at the front of the plane would have survived. Reflecting this, the company has received 63% fewer enquiries relating to First Class bookings since the show aired, compared to the same time frame before the programme.
The company's co-founder Chris Clarkson said: "The programme has certainly had an effect on those who watched it, as we’ve seen by the recent enquiries from customers panicking about where they’d be sat on the plane. Obviously, that’s ultimately something you arrange through the airline itself, or at the check-in desk. Many airlines don’t have designated seats and it just depends on when you get on the plane. People should remember that plane crashes are rare and try not to worry about where they are sat, instead trying to focus on their exciting holiday ahead."