Airplane Safety Tips
Do you remember the first time you flew on a plane? It can be a thrilling experience, with the vibrant sky right outside your window, the tiny houses below you, and the exhilaration of takeoff. For others, it’s a less pleasant experience, as they deal with nausea, claustrophobia, or just general anxiety about flying. Plus, long boarding lines and luggage mishaps can get in a way of any stress-free flight. Regardless of whether you’re a frequent flyer or someone who dreads airplane travel, here are some tips that will make your flight safer and more enjoyable.
- Pay attention to the preflight briefing. This is when a pilot or flight attendant goes over what to do in case of an emergency. They will point out emergency exits, and go over how to safely evacuate the plane. If you are sitting in the seat nearest the emergency exit, but don’t feel like you would be strong or calm enough to open the emergency exit if need be (or if you just don’t want that responsibility) you can ask the flight attendant to move you to a different seat. A manual in the pocket of your seat will also inform you of proper crash positions, and how to activate your seat’s flotation device. Listening to the preflight safety briefing will help you gain a better peace of mind.
- Don’t put anything too heavy in the overheard storage bin. If the plane hits turbulence, a heavy bag could fall and seriously injury you or another passenger. Secure your overheard bags. If your bag is very heavy, consider checking it with the rest of your luggage. Stick to a smaller carry-on bag for necessities.
- Don’t bring any hazardous material. This one seems pretty obvious. Don’t bring anything explosive or flammable. Don’t bring any firearms, knives, or other dangerous items. Read up on what’s banned from airlines before your trip. Even things that you might not think of, like batteries, are considered hazardous when flying.
- Pay attention to your drinks. If you choose to enjoy a hot beverage, let a flight attendant pour it. They are trained to safely pour drinks and know how to deal with the crowded aisles and movement of the plane. So, they are less likely to spill a hot drink on you. If you go for in-flight alcoholic options, remember that the pressurized air will make alcohol affect you differently than it would at normal altitude. If you are going to drink, do so in moderation, so that you can still be alert and functional in case of emergency. Don’t disturb the other passengers.
- Fly nonstop. Find a route that will take you to your destination without layovers. Most accidents occur during takeoffs and landings, so picking a nonstop flight will decrease the chances of an accident. However, plane accidents, as a whole, are very rare. There are only 12.5 fatalities per every million flight hours. The odds of being killed in a plane accident are 1 in 29.4 million.
Keep these tips in mind next time you fly, and be aware of your surroundings, particularly emergency exits. If you follow all the rules, your flight will likely be much more relaxing.
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