If there were such a thing as adapting to change, I would probably suck at it. As much as I'd like to believe that I do that easily, the truth is I can't. Its a very subjective thing though, sometimes adapting is the easiest thing in the world for me in certain situations, especially when you know you're in control. I hate instances where you aren't, and flying is one of them.
Sure you can follow the little pictures in the brochures in the seat but the reality is if something goes wrong, then something does go wrong. I've always wondered why they never issued parachutes to passengers in planes, coz you know, that would really save a lot of people, but as I was thinking about it, a few scenarios can come to mind, first, not everyone is a skydiver, I know I'm not, but I guess if you're desperate enough you will become a skydiver. Second, if you land in some secluded jungle, or the in the middle of the ocean, God forbid, then who is coming to pick you up? You could pull a 'Survivor' and live off a small island, hmm, come to think of it that sounds like fun. Lastly, I think the airlines are not going to be liable for parachute-induced deaths, since there are so many factors, you know - like being sucked into the turbine, which would really make matters a lot more difficult to handle.
If it was me though, the only hand carry I'd bring is a parachute. But I doubt they'd let you go crazy on the emergency doors at any time though. Darn. Well, at least I know I won't land in a jungle somewhere and get eaten by tigers.
In the meantime, hope there is sufficient in-flight entertainment, little turbulence, and ultra-compact airplane food. Chicken or fish sir? Dhuck, please(with an indian accent).