Airline Safety and You
Travel by air remains one of the safest methods of travel available. The airlines have a much greater safety record than that of automobile drivers. We hear more about an airline crash than we do of car crashes because of the number of people that are involved.
Even with their great safety record, here are some things that you can do that will help to keep you safe while in the air. Carry on as little baggage as possible. Even properly secured bags can become flying projectiles during an accident.
As you board the plane, look for the emergency exits. If your seat is by one of the exits, in case of emergency, you will be the person to open the door and throw out the exit slide. If you do not have the strength to open the door, you should ask the flight attendant for another seat.
As soon as you take your seat, fasten your seat belt. Do not remove the seat belt during the flight, even if the fasten seatbelt sign is turned off. Most people are now comfortable in seat belts and do not need to remove them for the short duration of most flights.
After boarding the plane, while waiting for takeoff, look in the seat pocket in front of your seat for the emergency information card. Read the card and become very familiar with the procedures. Watch closely as the flight attendants make their pre-flight demonstrations. Even though you may have seen the demo hundreds of times before, watch each time like it is the first time you have ever flown.
If you must get out of your seat and go to the restroom on the plane, wait until the beverage cart is not between you and the restroom. Use the seatbacks as handgrips as you walk down the aisle. Avoid standing in line outside of the restroom if at all possible. When you return to your seat, fasten the seatbelt once again.
Once the plane has landed, keep your seatbelt on until the fasten seatbelt sign is turned off once the plane is docked. Allow the line of people that have to get off the plane immediately to go ahead while you remain comfortably seated in your place. Be aware of people taking luggage out of the overhead compartments. You do not want something falling out and hitting you on the head. Once the line has cleared out, stand up and carefully remove your carryon bags that have been stowed away. Watch your step as you exit the plane.
Hopefully at this point, you have just enjoyed another safe flight.
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