Flying is, of course, a safe way to travel but there are many accidents that can happen actually on board the aircraft.
- Taking Off
Most happen on take off and landing. But being aware of some of the incidents that can occur can ensure you are forewarned and forearmed. In simple terms there are a few precautionary measures that can keep you safe.
There is a raft of regulations that cover aircrafts to ensure they meet stringent health and safety guidelines. In the event of an accident, therefore, there is a higher chance of passenger survival. Also, the larger the aircraft, the lower the risk of incident.
Getting on and off an aircraft has a range of risks in itself including injuries involving falling of the stairs, tripping over baggage etc. One simple way of lowering the chances of embarkation and disembarkation injuries is to reduce the number of flights and this would mean taking a long-haul flight, perhaps rather than several interconnecting flights.
- Listen to the Attendants
The obvious key to reducing incidences is to listen carefully to the pre-flight briefing that is given on all flights by the air stewards. In just a brief presentation the stewards will highlight the correct way to behave on flight and how to behave in the event of an emergency. It may be that you get slightly bored of the instructions – especially if you are a frequent flyer – but every word is vital and if you only take a few sentences from the presentation and keep them in mind then it could mean everything in an emergency situation.
One of the vital pieces of advice by air stewards is that relating to the overhead storage bins. The cabin storage is for in-flight baggage but to store baggage that is too heavy or bulky is not just an inconvenience to other passengers who also want to store baggage but it can also be dangerous. A heavy bag falling from an overhead bin can and will cause injury. If there is a heavy bag above you be aware and move seat if possible.
- Seat Belts
Seat belts are not just a fashionable accessory but an essential piece of safety protection equipment and should be worn when indicated by the stewards, the pilot or the lights on the aircraft. Being suitably restrained can protect you from injury during turbulence. It is also essential to stay seated during turbulence.
- Keep the Alcohol to a Minimum
It should go without saying that over-indulgence in alcohol during a flight is not conducive to a safe flight. Too much alcohol can encourage air rage incidents. In addition, it can cause unsteadiness which leads to falls and trips. Moderation at all times is the best approach – passengers are free to partake of the alcoholic beverages on sale or on offer but a little can go a long way on board.
Accidents on board aircraft can happen, including spilt hot drinks or luggage falling from the bins. You can claim compensation if you have been injured.