Fly Smart

7/20/2013

Make Your Safe Trip Even Safer

When you fly on the commercial airlines of the United States, you are flying on the safest, most efficient form of transportation. When the rare accident does occur, more and more people survive due to advances in aircraft manufacturing and design, air traffic control technology, emergency planning, and cabin safety.

Aviation manufacturers, air carriers, and the Federal Aviation Administration are proud of their contributions to aviation+s impressive safety record. You, the air traveler, play a very important role in aviation safety. You can take responsibility for your own safety.

Fly Smart. Be responsible for your safety and make your safe trip even safer.

Listen to the Safety Briefing

Fly Smart travelers always listen to the safety briefing because they know that every aircraft is different. The following are some tips to ensure that you are familiar with the aircraft you are on:

Fasten Your Seat Belt

Of all the safety features aboard the aircraft, one of the most important is right at your fingertips+ Your Seat Belt. In a recent study, nearly 300 turbulence-related serious injuries to passengers were reported over a 10-year period. None of the injured had their seat belts fastened. To prevent turbulence-related injuries, Fly Smart travelers should always:

Obey Carry-on Baggage Restrictions

Fly Smart travelers should be aware of what they bring on board.

The above list is not all inclusive. There are certain exceptions for personal care, medical needs, and equipment to support physically challenged passengers. There are also provisions for sporting equipment. When in doubt, check with your airline.

In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation, leave everything behind.

Wear Sensible Clothing

For ease of movement and protection in the unlikely event of an evacuation, Fly Smart travelers should follow these guidelines:

Passenger Checklist

Suggestions to Make Your Safe Trip Even Safer

Exit Row Seating

Listen to the safety briefing and/or read the written instructions for aircraft specifics.

You must be physically capable and willing to perform emergency actions. If not, request another seat.

You must know your responsibilities in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Ask questions if instructions are not clear.

Consider the effects of alcoholic beverages.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, you should be aware of the following.

Evacuation Slides

Decompression

Flotation Devices

Evacuating the Aircraft

Fire or Smoke

Inflight

On Ground

Outside the Aircraft

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