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.
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.
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.
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.