In 2003, I developed the British Airways Flight Safety Awareness Course which we delivered to 17,000 delegates up until we moved to a new training facility in 2015.
During the course, we used a full-motion Boeing 737 cabin simulator to simulate an emergency situation shortly after take-off. This led to an emergency landing and full aircraft evacuation from a smoke-filled cabin. This exercise generated many questions and during the debrief we had the opportunity to answer all the questions and give explanations so that the delegates got a greater understanding of what to do in various emergency situations, such as decompression and ditching the aircraft on water. Each delegate was able to practise opening an aircraft door and an over-wing exit. They also got to practise the safe way to jump down the emergency evacuation slide. The course finished with everyone sitting in a simulated smoke chamber to understand the effects of smoke and how this was relevant to aircraft and hotel situations.