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  • Lonely Planet presents how to survive a free-falling elevator.

  • Contrary to what you heard in the school yard as a child, do not attempt to jump just before landing.

  • The reduction in force will be so small as to be insignificant.

  • Instead, if you have bags or suitcases with you, stack them up and stand as high as you can.

  • Create whatever space possible between you and the floor to allow your body time to decelerate once the elevator lands.

  • If there are handrails, spread your weight across them to help slow the rate of impact.

  • If the elevator is small or crowded, brace yourself by standing with slightly bent knees.

  • In either scenario, the key word is "survive".

  • Your extremities may not forgive you anytime soon, but your vital organs will send you flowers and a thank you card.

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Lonely Planet presents how to survive a free-falling elevator.

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