In a world where most flight passengers are desensitized to the pre-takeoff safety lectures, a free iPhone and Android game is designed to fill that gap and more effectively teach people aviation safety, aka how to survive a plane crash.
The app is called Prepare for Impact, and it simulates the in-flight scenarios of your nightmares, ranging from crashing into water to in-flight decompression (when those oxygen masks drop from the ceiling) and runway overrun — all decorated with additional threats like fire, unusable exits and water. Users make first-person decisions and see the consequences their actions have, hopefully making it to safety.
The app was created by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Udine, Italy, according to a press release for the game. Game developers and researchers are continuing to look into how humor and interactive cartoons will help further people's comprehension of flight safety.