#YHSafetyTips - Flight Safety

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Jun 07, 2017

When planning your trip to fly, it’s most important to plan for your safety. This week’s blog post will focus on personal, children, and pet safety while flying as a passenger in an aircraft.

    Tips for passengers:
  • - Pay attention to the flight safety briefing at the beginning
  • - If your child is less than 40 lbs., use an approved child safety seat or device
  • - Follow the carry-on restrictions to prevent in-flight injuries
  • - Each airline has their own Portable Electronic Device (PED) policy. Check each policy here. and follow them respective to the airline you are using

    Seat belt recommendations
  • - Buckle up. Wearing a seat belt will keep you and your family safe. Wear it at all times while seated
  • - When the airplane leaves the gate and as it climbs after take-off
  • - During landing and taxi
  • - Whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated during flight

Turbulence can be very scary and happens unexpectedly. All of the following can cause turbulence: atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts or thunderstorms. In nonfatal accidents, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to airline passengers and flight attendants.

Caution should be exercised when experiencing turbulence, as it can be very dangerous. Passengers not wearing their seat belts can be thrown from their seats without warning.

Flying with Children
The safest way for your child to fly in an airplane is in an approved child safety restraint system (CRS) and NOT in your lap!

A CRS is a hard-backed child safety seat that is approved by the government for use in both motor vehicles and aircraft.

Child Restraints and Harnesses

Flying with Pets
Ask your airline what their pet policy is before bringing a pet into the passenger cabin. The Department of Transportation requires airlines to allow passengers to fly with their service animals in the cabin on all U.S. airlines. Service animals are not pets, but are working animals to assist persons with disabilities. No limit of service animals is set for any flight.

If you have allergies to pet dander, you can be still exposed even if no pet is present. This is because passengers can have the dander on their clothes which is carried into the pressurized cabin.

    Here are some additional procedures that may be included with traveling with your pet:
  • - A limited list of the types of pets that you can bring into the cabin
  • - A limit on the number of pets in the cabin
  • - A limit on the number of pets that may accompany you on the airplane
  • - A requirement that your pet be harmless, inoffensive and odorless
  • - A requirement that your pet remain in the container for the entire flight
  • - A requirement that you be able to produce a recently issued health certificate for your pet

TSA Tips
The Transportation Security Administration has a few video tips on preparing for travel from Summer Travel to the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule.

When traveling to certain countries, be sure to check this website. for travel warnings and possible restrictions.

Remember to be safe and ask questions to your travel agent far in advance when planning your trips that involve flying.

If you haven’t read last week post on the Heimlich Maneuver, read here. Check back next week for our topic on Hand Signals.

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