British Airways Offers Plane Crash Survival Class, but Only for Executive Club Members

A British Airways plane flies into Heathrow Airport in west London.

A British Airways plane flies into Heathrow Airport in west London.  (Reuters)

Frequent flyers with British Airways will soon be able to cash in their air miles for lessons on how to survive plane crashes.

The airline is offering members of its Executive Club places in its new four-hour air safety course from next year for roughly the same price return flight from London to Rome -- about $195, The Independent reported Monday.

Andy Clubb, who is running the course, said, "It makes passengers safer when traveling by giving additional skills and information, it dispels all those internet theories about the brace position, and it just gives people so much more confidence in flying."

The course aims to teach people techniques that will increase their chance of surviving an air disaster and covers topics such as releasing the seat belt and locating life preservers. Participants will also have the chance to practice an emergency evacuation of an airplane using escape slides.

As well as improving their own chances of survival it is thought people who complete the course may also be able to help save the lives of other passengers.

"With other passengers around them reacting in a positive manner to the instructions being given by the crew, the few passengers that might have frozen might follow those who demonstrate that they know what they are doing," Clubb explained.