FLIGHT SAFETY TIPS FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS: What are the best methods for dealing with airport rules and flight security check-ins?
There is no doubt that airline baggage restrictions and prohibited carry-on items can be a daunting task. It can be especially taxing for any 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 United Kingdom and afar.
Your captain and copilot says – buckle up and have a safe flight!
10 Rules for Flying Safely
1. 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 plane model) tend to offer better survival statistics after a serious air accident.
2. Keep Your Seat Belt Fastened
Keeping your seat belt fastened while seated provides you with extra protection. It is the best way to avoid injuries from flight turbulence.
Wearing comfortable clothing also helps to improve your comfort inside the cabin. A good flight tip is to get up and walk around ‘periodically’. This could be especially beneficial on longer flights. It can reduce the likelihood of
developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
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.
3. Flight Attendants
Airlines employ flight attendants primarily for your safety and well-being. Thus, you should always pay attention to their requests and follow their security directions while on board.
4. 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.
5. 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. Ask the attendant if it can get stowed elsewhere.
6. 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.
7. Follow Preflight Briefings
Aviation law requires airlines to provide all passengers with a preflight briefing. Attentively following the preflight safety orientation is essential. You should be aware of the locations for the nearest emergency exits.
Note: Airplane emergency exits are not always the same on different aircraft that you fly on. 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. As a rule, there are six common crash positions. You should familiarization yourself with these postures.
8. Hazardous Materials
Airline companies provide you with an extensive list of hazardous materials not allowed on planes. You should never try to take corrosives, gasoline, poisonous gases, or other similar dangerous items on an aircraft.
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. They are set out and restricted by airport security in United Kingdom by ICAO.
Note: Hazardous materials should get shipped in a proper container and with official authorization.
9. 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. It also helps to reduce incidents of ‘air rage’.
10. Stay Alert
Always be alert to any unlikely events on board. Follow any precautionary or real safety directions given by the flight attendants. Exit the aircraft as quickly as possible if you get requested to do so by the flight crew.