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  • Air Safety Tips

    Air safety tips to passengers to ensure safety in a flight

    Safety is a concern for everyone who flies or contemplates it. A lot of attention is given to the airline industry safety. No other form of transportation is as scrutinized, investigated and monitored as commercial aviation. A professor in MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) compared the chance of dying from an airline accident versus a driving accident, after accounting for the greater number of people who drive each day. He found that one is nineteen times safer in a plane than in a car. Every single time you step on a plane, no matter how many times you fly, you are nineteen times less likely to die than in your car.

    Below are some safety tips to make your flight comfortable

    • To ensure safety, passengers need to:

      • Pay attention to the flight attendants.
      • Listen to safety briefings, even if you've heard them many times.
      • Review the safety data card in the seat pocket in front of you.
      • Locate the emergency exits. Because airplanes have different configurations, it's important to look around you once you're in your seat.
      • Count the number of rows between your seat and the closest exit, and remember, sometimes the nearest exit is behind you.
      • Keep your seat belt fastened while seated. Turbulence can strike at any time.
      • On long flights, exercise your arm and leg muscles.

    • In the event of turbulence

      If you've ever been on an aircraft, the odds are that you've experienced some turbulence. It is that bumpy, rumble sensation you feel as the airplane hits a rough air pocket.

      Here are some strategies to protect you from the effects of turbulence:

      • Hold on to the seat backs or overhead bins when walking in the cabin.
      • Listen to all safety announcements and follow flight/cabin crew instructions.
      • Be careful when opening overhead bins following turbulence.
      • The seatbelt sign is worth obeying!!! Due to the clear air turbulence, the only sure-fire way of preventing turbulence-related injuries is to keep your seatbelt fastened whenever the sign is illuminated. Simple but effective.
    • You are wondering what to wear in a flight

      This is more a question of safety than fashion. What you wear matters. In the event of an evacuation or emergency landing, you'll want to protect your body.

      Some air safety fashion tips:

      • Wear natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk or leather, which offer the best protection in the event of a fire or evacuation.
      • Avoid synthetics such as nylon, rayon or poly-cotton blends, which can melt when heated.
      • Skip the short skirts, shorts and T-shirts as you need to protect your arms and legs.
      • Closed-toed shoes with secure laces or straps are preferred than open shoes. Leave the sandals and high-heel shoes in your luggage. High heels can puncture an escape slide in an emergency and you would be asked to remove high heels.
      • Ensure that your clothes aren't tight, uncomfortable or restrictive. You would need to move quickly and easily in an emergency situation.

    • You may have heard noises and wondered what it could have been but was too scared to ask. well…

      An aircraft is a complex machine, so it's common to hear a lot of strange sounds. Check if oddly you have encountered any of the below:

      1. A drilling sound prior to take off and on approach to landing-- That's the sound of the flaps and slats being extended on the wings. These panels, which increase the area and curvature of the wing when extended to facilitate low-speed flying, are driven by a screw mechanism that causes the noise you hear.
      2. A high-pitched whine prior to takeoff-- That's the sound of the engines spooling up for takeoff. Once airborne, the pilot will throttle the engines back, and during cruise the sound of the engines becomes more of a hum than a whine.
      3. Rattling during takeoff or turbulence-- That's the sounds of things being jostled in overhead bins and other parts of the cabin due to engine vibrations on takeoff or turbulence during flight.
      4. A thump beneath the floor following takeoff-- That's the landing gear going up into the belly of the airplane and the doors to the landing gear bay being shut.
      5. A loud roar following touchdown-- That's the sound of the thrust reversers, which help slow the airplane once it's on the runway. They literally reverse the flow of the air through the engines, which is why they are so loud. Airplanes are designed to stop using brakes alone, but flight crews typically deploy the thrust reversers to help save wear and tear on the braking system.
      6. And can the doors open in flight-- It's extremely unlikely, commercial jets are made of extremely strong materials. The doors cannot be opened once an airplane is airborne and pressurized. To facilitate breathing and passenger comfort, aircrafts are pressurized to the equivalent atmosphere of 8,000 feet. Since aircrafts typically cruise above 30,000 feet, the air pressure inside the plane is much greater than the pressure outside and that pressure differential makes it impossible to open the door, even if somebody wanted to do such a thing.

    If an emergency landing is necessary, as the aircraft descends, the pilots slowly depressurize it so the doors can open immediately after touchdown as emergency exits are designed to open once an aircraft has landed. The materials are lightweight, but the structure is designed to be incredibly strong. It's also designed to be "fault tolerant," meaning that if one part of the structure fails, other parts will take up the loads and will continue to fly safely.

    Can the wings break off--Actually, they can, given enough force. A study by Boeing has shown they can, thus for every new model Boeing designs, the wings are bent until they break. Breaking a wing requires far more force than anyone has ever come close to experiencing in actual flight. You may see the wings flapping a bit during turbulence but they have been designed to be flexible, in part to ensure they don't fracture.