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There’s A Reason You Put Your Mask On First

Putting Your Mask On First Can Save Your Life And Others

Good afternoon readers. This afternoon the blog will be cruising at an altitude of 32,000 feet on our way to travel bliss, but before we begin, I would like my blog attendants to demonstrate some of the safety features. If this was a plane, this probably the time you would stare back down into your Kindle, scroll through your playlist or give it another go at Boom Beach. You will rue the day you crossed my path Lt. Hammerman!

Any-who. All jokes aside, let’s talk hypoxia. No, it’s not a new Pokemon to catch. According to Dictionary.com, hypoxia is the ‘inadequate oxygenation of the blood.’

Hypoxia In Action

Smarter Everyday has a great video on why you should put your mask on first.


I don’t know about you, but it was a little scary how quickly Destin went from good to bad, to “you are going to die.” Unfortunately, the de-oxygenated bliss had taken hold of him. Thankfully this experiment was in a controlled environment with trained professionals.

On Last Thing…Maybe Two

First, I would love to fly in a jet so if there are any aviators that happen to have extra room and a spare jump seat, drop me a line. I’m know all the words to Great Balls of Fire. I’m already thinking of a call sign.  Second, the most important and most scary fact that Destin pointed out was that he was at 2-5-0 or 25,000 feet above sea level. Take a look at this graphic.

Put Your Mask On First Decompression Chart
It is very important to put your mask on first, you literally have seconds.

Most commercial flights are cruising across the country at 30,000-35,000 feet. Regardless if it is a slow or rapid decompression, that only gives you seconds to put your mask on before hypoxia takes over.


The video gives you something to think about the next time your flight attendant demonstrates how to save your life and those around you. So next time, pause your playlist, put away your Pokemon and pay attention. Time is a precious commodity at 30,000 feet; your life depends on it.