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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Passenger Safety

Many people are afraid to fly, especially in today's unsettling times with airline hijackings and bombing attempts around the world. If you're afraid of flying, here are some tips that will help you feel safer on your next flight. 

Before You Fly

Before you book your flight, you can check an airline's safety rating at Ratings are based on various factors including past accident records, incident records, fatalities, and operational history. The highest safety rating an airline can receive is seven stars. Safety records will give you good insight, but keep in mind that other factors such as flight path and airport security can also influence airline safety. You can also check the ASN Safety Database airline index to see if an airline has lost any aircraft in flight or ground accidents. 

During Your Flight

To ensure your safety during your flight, it's important to follow airline procedures and rules.

* Before you take off, pay attention to the flight crew safety demonstrations and videos 
* Read the safety briefing card usually located in your seat pocket
* Check the safety briefing card on how to open the emergency exit
* Take a close look at the aircraft interior and find the nearest emergency exit to your seat
* Always keep your seat belt fastened when you're in your seat to prevent injury from unexpected air turbulence

The Safest Seats

When flying, many passengers prefer to sit near the front of the plane where things feel less cramped and service is often faster. Comfort and service is important, but you should look at real data on actual airline accidents. Studies and crash statistics with survivors suggests that your odds of survival in a crash are better in the rear of the plane. Statistics show that passengers near the tail of the plane are about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than passengers in the front of the plane, especially in the first few rows. Crash statistics show that survival rates in the rear of the airplane are about 69 percent, compared to 56 percent over the wing and 49 percent in the front of the plane. 

Today's planes are made with aircraft grade aluminum which is light, but extremely strong. Planes are also equipped with the latest safety features and undergo numerous safety checks before every takeoff. Taking a flight these days may be safer than traveling in your car.

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