Air travel has reached new heights of safety in the last decade. In the year gone by, the air carriers reported a jet hull loss rate of 0.22. It means that there was only one accident for every four million and five hundred thousand flights made. That is pretty impressive.
But even then, it is always a good idea to remain aware of the security instructions in place in case of an eventuality. In this article, I will be telling you about five such security tips that you cannot afford to forget.
They might come in handy should the almost impossible almost happens. Read on.
- Mind The Seatbelt Sign
There is a reason why those seatbelt signs are emphasized upon. As long as the sign is on, you have to have your seat belt buckled. It is for your safety that the plane carriers emphasize so much upon them. You never know when the turbulence warning might result in a serious injury.
Seatbelts are traditionally associated with safety measures during takeoff and landing. Mid-air turbulence too can be dangerous. No matter how badly you want to get up, if the seat belt sign comes on, you strap yourself in your seat.
So, the next time you are on a flight, do not take turbulence lightly. At the height of thirty-five thousand feet, anything can be dangerous not to mention there is only a certain level of medical care available then.
- Handle The Extra Legroom Responsibility Responsibly
If you have booked the extra legroom seat, the one next to the emergency exit, pay attention to the attendant’s instructions. If anything happens (touch wood) it would be upon you to handle the exit section and open the emergency door immediately.
Additionally, try not to be overtly experimental. After all, you don’t want it opening mid-flight! Before the plane takes off, attendants will explain to you in great detail the process of opening the door and the security measures that you should take in case of any eventuality.
Pay attention to these details. Your presence of mind at the right moment may lead to saving the lives of all passengers on board.
- The Overhead Oxygen Masks
Should the need arise use the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping your co-passengers. Do not panic when you hear the word ‘oxygen mask’. Sometimes, when the plane is going through turbulence, pilots and flight attendants advise the use of an oxygen mask to help reduce the stress.
At high altitudes, there is a lack of oxygen. In such scenarios, your mind may start to lose function if it is cut off from oxygen for long. It is better that you first ensure your own well being before helping others.
Another vital measure will be to act as soon as possible when oxygen masks come down. Do not waste crucial time in attending social media callings; when the emergency is over, you can post a picture to impress your followers.
- Remain Sober
Although many carriers offer complimentary drinks to the passengers, it is important that you remain sober and in complete control. Inebriated, you will not be able to act in the best interest of the situation.
Alcohol makes you dehydrated and incapacitated. You need your mind alert and sane to tackle any kind of situation which may come your way.
At increased heights, there is a decrease in pressure. Although the cabin is pressurized, your own blood pressure needs to be in check too. Alcohol might lead to fluctuation in your blood pressure which can, in turn, cause complications.
- Respect The Decision And Integrity Of The Flight Attendants
Your flight attendants are trained to risk their lives for you and to act, at all times, in the best interest of the flight and its passengers. If they come over and ask you to refrain from drinking or from moving around too much, respect and obey their instructions.
Not doing so may lead to your deportation or incapacitation. They receive training as the flight’s emergency services personnel too. So it is best to abide by their advice. Also, they are not in-charge of the flight’s onboard catering services, so do not argue with them over petty matters.
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