In a Paris Review article titled The Unlikely Event, Avi Steinberg dissects the humble airline emergency card.
These pamphlets have been degraded over time, contain almost no text. The art is muted and spare; this is by design. Older versions used the emergency card to highlight the glamor of air travel, even in disaster; the new cards smooth the passing of information into a sort of gel-coated capsule, to be swallowed with as much ease as possible.
Leaving aside the vanishingly unlikely chances of survival if your plane actually plunges from the sky, there’s no way that anyone on board will be as relaxed (or even happy) as the characters depicted in the pamphlet stored in the seat-back in front of you.
Chuch Palahniuk covered similar ground in Fight Club.