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Air travel health and safety tips

How safe are you when travelling by plane?
How safe are you when travelling by plane?
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Anyone planning to travel by air is likely concerned about health and safety. There's more air travel today than ever. There are also rare but frightening terrorist attacks and plane crashes of increasing frequency. Airlines have beefed up their security and safety issues with the increase in air travel. What people need to know is how to improve on safety with a few precautions of their own.

Flying non-stop means fewer take-offs and landings. Since this is where most accidents occur, air travel safety is better on non-stop flights.

Larger capacity aircraft requires stricter regulation. Just like larger land vehicles, larger planes have a higher survival rate in accidents. To insure safety while traveling by air, choose a major airline, rather than a small passenger plane.

Store overhead baggage safely and securely. Avoid placing heavy or bulky items in overhead compartments. Think about the safety of fellow passengers.

Air travel safety is compromised when hazardous substances are brought on board the aircraft. Anything flammable or corrosive could risk the safety of all passengers and crew.

Listen carefully to the flight attendants when they're outlining air travel safety. They'll let passengers know exactly what to do in an emergency situation. These instructions should not be taken lightly.

Keep your seat belt fastened at all times and do not move around the plane when the fasten seat belt light is on. This may seem obvious but many people are nonchalant about seat belt safety, whether in air or ground travel.

Be sure the seat belt is adjusted properly. I had a friend lose her life in a car because she wasn't using the shoulder harness portion of the belt. Proper seat belt usage is even more important in air travel. The flight attendants will instruct passengers on this.

When maneuvering around the plane, such as going to the restroom, be sure to balance yourself by holding on to stable objects, such as seating. Avoid jostling the other passengers when getting up or sitting down. This could cause a loss of balance and possibly spillage of hot drinks or slippery food items.

One might think that a drink is a good idea for air travel. It calms the nerves and the passenger is not responsible for piloting the aircraft so why not? Don't forget that altitude increases the effects of alcohol. A ranting, raving drunk is not thinking about his own safety, or that of other passengers.

In the event of an air travel emergency, try to keep a cool head. Recall instructions given, as well as any further instructions and follow them to the letter. Safety depends on remaining calm and relying on the education of the flight crew.



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