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Airline Safety Rules for Passengers

Basic advice about flying safely with ten recommendations on security and protection during your travel on passenger planes.

FLIGHT SAFETY TIPS FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS: What are the best methods for dealing with airport rules and flight security check-ins?

Airline baggage restrictions and prohibited carry-on items can be a daunting task and especially for nervous flyers.

Listing the top 10 flying rules should help you fly safely with the minimum amount of hassle next time you take to the skies around the UK and afar.

Your captain and copilot says - buckle up and have a safe flight!

10 Rules for Flying Safely

Fly on Larger Aircrafts

When you fly on a large aircraft - more than 30 passengers - the design and safety certifications are governed by the strictest aviation rules and regulations.

You could also expect that larger airplanes can provide you with a higher likelihood of passenger survival in the unlikely event of plane crash.

An official review of fatal airline passenger events shows that larger aircrafts (by model) tend to offer better survival statistics after a serious air accident.

Fly Nonstop Routings

Statistically, the highest number of airliner accidents occur during four flight phases - takeoff, climb, descent, and landing. Flying nonstop routes means you make fewer takeoffs and landings. The price difference is rarely too extreme if you have the choice and it will reduce your flight time too.

Flight Attendants

Airlines employ flight attendants primarily for your safety and well-being. Therefore you should always pay attention to their requests and follow their security directions on board.

Follow Preflight Briefings

Airlines are required by aviation law to provide all passengers with a preflight briefing. Attentively following the preflight safety orientation is essential so you are aware of the locations of the nearest emergency exits. Airplane emergency exits are not always the same on different aircrafts that you fly on and do not assume that the nearest exit is in front of you.

Passenger safety briefings often include information about the crash position to adopt in an emergency landing. There are six common crash positions and you should familiarization yourself with these postures.

Overhead Storage Bins

You should avoid lifting and placing heavy objects in the overhead storage bins. Bulky or weighty luggage may not stay secure inside the overhead compartments during turbulence. A heavy bag may injure someone if it falls out of an overhead locker so ask the attendant if it may be stowed elsewhere.

Keep Your Seat Belt Fastened

Keeping your seat belt fastened while you are seated provides you with additional protection to avoid injuries from flight turbulence. Wearing comfortable clothing helps to improve your comfort inside the cabin and a good flight tip is to get up and walk around periodically - especially on longer flights - to reduce the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis.

Bonus Flight Tip: Wearing hearing protection on your next flight could relieve ear pressure and popping issues. It may also make your journey more quiet and comfortable.

Hazardous Materials

Airline companies provide you with an extensive list of hazardous materials which are not allowed on planes. You should never try to take corrosives, gasoline, poisonous gases, or other similar dangerous items on an aircraft. Hazardous materials should be shipped in a proper container and with official authorization.

Aviation rules restrict which items you can and cannot carry inside the airplane. Always check before you fly out whether your carry-on items and checked-in baggage meet the airline's hand luggage allowances which are set out and restricted by airport security in United Kingdom (ICAO).

Pouring Hot Drinks

Flight attendants are properly trained to handle hot drinks on an airplane. Coffee or tea poured in a crowded aisle on a moving aircraft is best served by trained and equipped flight crew.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Consuming alcohol in a pressurized aircraft cabin is most likely to affect you stronger than at sea level. Drinking alcohol in moderation is a good policy at any altitude and helps to reduce incidents of air rage.

Stay Alert

Always be alert to any unlikely events on board and follow any precautionary or real safety directions given by the flight attendants. Exit the aircraft as quickly as possible if you are requested to do so by the flight crew.

10 Safety Tips for Flying; UK Rules Updated 2017