Always go for aisle seats.
Try and get seats near the exit rows.
Do not travel with your family.
These are all useful survival trips for plane accidents noted in The Guardian. I also tend to count the number of rows to an exit from my seat when I get on a plane, in order to facilitate my exit in smokey conditions. I can’t remember which comedian suggested that taking a bomb on board very much reduces the odds of another bomb being on the plane, although I can advise that is a dubious course of action to take these days, with the climate of fear about bombs etc ©RCP.
Thankfully, I will be travelling this summer on my own without family or colleagues, so will not even have the mild pangs of guilt from leaving Gerald from Human Resources fumbling with his lap belt, after one too many beers, as I rush for the exit.
The following observation in the article would also appear to apply to many other situations besides air travel, including those undertaking a political journey towards an election defeat.
In emergencies, passengers put off their escape to help friends or relatives while people who were travelling with colleagues tended to focus on their own survival.