The Unlikely Event: The Art of Airline Safety Pamphlets

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.



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Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.