Just in case things go terribly wrong: KLM India tweets ‘safest plane seats’ guide

The majority of airline passengers would rather not think about potential death in plane crash when booking their flights.

Nonetheless, that didn’t stop KLM India from tweeting advice to passengers on the “safest” seats in an aircraft – just in case things go terribly wrong.

In the event that one is spiralling groundward in an aircraft, the best place to be sitting is in the “rear third” of the cabin, the airline tweeted, citing “data studies” by Time.

The worst place is the middle of the plane, where the “fatality rate” is the “highest” – and the death rate is “marginally lesser” for seats at the front of the plane, KLM’s tweet said.

KLM India had earlier asked its followers if they knew where the safest seats were as part of a competition to win “exciting KLM goodies.”

Needless to say, tweeters were fairly surprised by the choice of question for the “exciting” competition and indeed the airline’s rather blunt answer about fatality rates. Some wondered whether the account had been hacked or if its administrators might have “missed social media training.”

“I’m not sure this is the selling point your brand wants or needs,” one person wrote.

“Can you tell what kinds of fatal injuries we can expect from each position? Like decapitation, or just boring old blunt injuries to the chest and abdomen?” another quipped.

The airline later deleted both tweets following the influx of incredulous replies, perhaps having realized it might be a tad insensitive and not quite what passengers wanted to be thinking about before embarking on a plane journey.

“We would like to sincerely apologise for a recent update. The post was based on a publically available aviation fact, and isn’t a @KLM opinion. It was never our intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments. The post has since been deleted,” tweeted the airline.