If you are a frequent flier or have been on a long-haul flight, you know how big a difference things like seating position, and diet can make. Air safety starts right before the flight and ends after you disembark from the plane. With air flights becoming cheaper and longer, it is time you started observing these air safety tips for more comfortable flying experiences.
Before the flight
If you are on medication or live with a condition, it is absolutely essential to carry your medication. If you live with critical conditions like Diabetes type 1 or asthma, carry your card showing whatever medication is in your pack, and how it is administered.
Remember to carry any other medication you might need at your destination if you are going to another country. Medical experts recommend that you get your vaccine shots like flu shots if you haven’t done so in a while.
Natural fiber clothing like denim pants and cotton t-shirts are best for comfort and fire-safety. If you are boarding from a cold place, layer on the clothing such that it will be easier to take off when you need to.
Always take the seat on the exit aisle in the back of the plane. It is the furthest from explosive fuel in the wings.
The valuables you need to carry with you like a laptop should be placed last on the x-ray belt so that you are able to pick them up at about the same time you are cleared.
- Overhead luggage
If you need to place any luggage in the overhead storage bins, place it in the bins across the aisle across from you. This way you can easily monitor the luggage to ensure no-one is tampering with your luggage. Do not place heavy object overhead in case there is heavy turbulence.
- Emergency equipment
If you are not conversant with using emergency equipment, ask the flight attendant to demonstrate how to use it. Ensure you know how to wear a life jacket and any other floatation device. If you can find one, carry an emergency escape smoke hood. This gives you mobility in case the cabin is full of smoke.
Always avoid alcoholic drinks during the flight. Take dry foods like nuts to keep your stomach comfortable.
When checking out
Always keep your carry-on pack on your body. Avoid being tricked into picking up or carrying baggage for a stranger. Take time to absorb and beware of your new surroundings.