Safety briefings get new respect following Hudson River incident

01/21/2009 | NYTimes.com

From flight attendants to passengers, the successful-but-scary crash landing of US Airways Flight 1549 has fliers thinking about safety like never before. Frequent business travelers say they are paying attention to safety briefings for the first time in memory, while Kidsflysafe.com reports increased interest in its child safety harnesses. "The first thing I did was get out my in-flight manual and study the ditching portion of the 757, which I am currently flying," says American Airlines flight attendant Debby Gravitt. "Those flight attendants had to immediately pull everything from memory while maintaining calm."

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