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Do you listen to the pre-flight safety instructions?

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 by randomduck

The recent reports of cracks appearing in the fuselage of the Boeing 737 should cause you to think about your personal safety in the event of an emergency landing.

Chicago based Boeing’s jets have been in the news lately because of cracks appearing in several of its planes. The Federal Aviation Administration has just issued the emergency airworthiness directive (AD) that orders operators of 175 Boeing 737-300s, -400s and -500s to do emergency inspections.

If that isn’t enough to make you want to pay attention to those pre-flight safety briefings then how about this: A United Continental Holdings Inc. jet lost electrical power and had smoke in the cockpit, forcing an emergency landing at the New Orleans airport that ended with the nose gear off the edge of the runway.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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