Skip Nav
Health and Safety
66 Real Thoughts Every Loving Mother Has When Her Child Is Sick
Pregnancy
You Won't Believe This Spinning Ballerina Is Actually 6 Months Pregnant
Viral Videos
This Babywearing Dance Class May Just Be the Most Fun Mama Workout You've Ever Seen

Do You Think Women and Children Should Go First?

Do You Think Women and Children Should Go First?

Among the stories that came out of the US Airways plane crash in the Hudson River yesterday was one about the orderly conduct in which the passengers escaped the floating fuselage. According to one survivor, women and children were the first to leave the wreckage.

Do you believe such courtesies are outdated, or should men stand back and allow women and children the chance at safety first?

Around The Web

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
chancleta chancleta 7 years
Women and children first. Unless the caretaker of a child is a man. He then should be permitted to go with his young.
MissKris02 MissKris02 7 years
Children definitely should go first and at least one parent should go with them. I wouldn't want to go without my sweetie though.
radmama27 radmama27 7 years
I do
radmama27 radmama27 7 years
I do
julie11 julie11 7 years
there's not a chance in hell my husband would get off until all the women and children and elderly were off before him. Unless of course he couldn't help them. But he's a firefighter so maybe it comes with the territory. I don't think I could respect a man who thought differently.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
planes.. lol. Thats what you get for not paying attention and back reading
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
While I agree that children and the elderly and those in need of assistance should receive help and in situations without time constraints should be removed, why in the world would you stop to take the time in this kind of situation? The people closest to the exti should exit, and everyone should move forward...plains arent known for having tons of walking space, so its just creating issues dividing people up. Orderly removal of those closest to the exit and then the rest, is what I choose
jessie jessie 7 years
i would say the people who have children first,whether it be man or woman, or the disabled or elderly go out first. would i seperate from my husband, yea i prolly would.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Children/caretakers and disabled go first. Then all others in no particular order. I am a strong, able bodied 20 something woman. I'm pretty sure I can handle more environmental stress than my healthy, 62 year old father.
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Children/caretakers and disabled go first. Then all others in no particular order. I am a strong, able bodied 20 something woman. I'm pretty sure I can handle more environmental stress than my healthy, 62 year old father.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I think it should go in the order of people closest to the exit. As someone else said it seems strange to be getting women and children from the back of the plane when there are men sitting next to the exit. Although children obviously need help getting out, women should be treated equally to men. We've been fighting for years to be equal and than an accident happen and we want to be treated like the weak?
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I think it should go in the order of people closest to the exit. As someone else said it seems strange to be getting women and children from the back of the plane when there are men sitting next to the exit. Although children obviously need help getting out, women should be treated equally to men. We've been fighting for years to be equal and than an accident happen and we want to be treated like the weak?
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Until I had my own child, I would have definitely said no. Now I feel that I'd do anything to make my child (and other children) safe. However, whether that would mean me getting off with him is another thing. I'd rather know he was safe, be it with me or my husband or even just another capable stranger, then fight my way out just because I'm a female and somehow deserve to get off first.
macgirl macgirl 7 years
foxie you bring up an excellent point. If they are ushering less able bodied people from the very back or front do all the able bodied people just stay in their seats until they pass? I would hope not. I wouldn't want to see anyone being pushed out of the way though.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 7 years
If we were without our daughter I would stay with my husband, but there is no doubt in my mind I would do everything in my power to get my daughter out - even if that meant my husband would have to take her out without me. If we were together and there was an eminent risk of death, I guess one of us would have to get out so she could still have one parent . . . never really thought of this situation . . . will have to discuss this with him when he gets home :-) that'll make for a nice dinner conversation ;-P
sarahinparis sarahinparis 7 years
If we were without our daughter I would stay with my husband, but there is no doubt in my mind I would do everything in my power to get my daughter out - even if that meant my husband would have to take her out without me. If we were together and there was an eminent risk of death, I guess one of us would have to get out so she could still have one parent . . . never really thought of this situation . . . will have to discuss this with him when he gets home :-) that'll make for a nice dinner conversation ;-P
foxie foxie 7 years
I would NEVER leave my husband behind in a situation like this. Never, never. Maybe children & a care taker should go first, but I don't necessarily believe in wasting precious time trying to usher out all the women first.
foxie foxie 7 years
I would NEVER leave my husband behind in a situation like this. Never, never.Maybe children & a care taker should go first, but I don't necessarily believe in wasting precious time trying to usher out all the women first.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
ideally you would have someone ask "does anyone need assistance" and then everyone would look around to see if there were any injuried persons who were unable to get out. those most vulnerable should be assisted, but what do you do if someone is seriously injuried? if the plane is filling with water do you try and move them or wait and see if emergency crews arrive in a few minutes? i don't know?children and care givers first, along with those with any disability who's ability to navigate an exit would be hampered if conditions worsened.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
ideally you would have someone ask "does anyone need assistance" and then everyone would look around to see if there were any injuried persons who were unable to get out. those most vulnerable should be assisted, but what do you do if someone is seriously injuried? if the plane is filling with water do you try and move them or wait and see if emergency crews arrive in a few minutes? i don't know? children and care givers first, along with those with any disability who's ability to navigate an exit would be hampered if conditions worsened.
danixk danixk 7 years
ditto kristyy.
danixk danixk 7 years
ditto kristyy.
kristyy kristyy 7 years
I voted women and children because they usually go together (mom taking care of child), such as what sarah said. But I think those physically capable should stay and help those that require more assistance. This usually means men (because they can help lift/carry people). I may be physically fit in that I can run and do exercise, but do you think I can even lift another adult? I'd be useless in that case.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
ok, I see nothing wrong with a little chivalry in this situation. I'm ok with Women and Children first, but then again I'm old fashioned.
Latest Moms
X