Safety during the Flight
Good things to know when preparing for your flight: Safety during the Flight
Safety during the Flight
To ensure a safe and pleasant journey when flying, it is important for passengers to follow certain health and safety procedures regarding the securing of a home, the flight, the destination, and the availability of any and all necessary travel documents. These will include medical reports where medicines, or devices used for their administration, that would otherwise be disallowed are concerned. Health precautions relevant to the country of destination should also have been followed and properly documented to satisfy officials on arrival. The airline is not responsible for any passenger neglecting to fulfil their obligations, and will be unable to assist should entry to the country of destination be denied. Travel requirements should all be met prior to boarding a flight if there are to be no hitches or a complete disruption of travel plans.
Vaccinations that are required to protect travellers from diseases endemic to the country of origin or of destination are not always a legal requirement, but will be strongly recommended. If they are required by law, then non-compliance will result in entry being denied. The African country of Mozambique, for instance, will recommend tuberculosis immunisation, but will insist on an immunisation certificate in the case of yellow fever if a visitor has travelled from a high-risk area. Travel agents will, or should, advise all potential travellers of any health risks involved with their journey. Passengers should also ensure that all necessary personal medications are close at hand during a flight.
Safety copies of important Documents:
Certified copies of all travel documents should always be available and kept in a safe place away from the originals. Should a travel bag containing the original documents be stolen or lost it is advisable to have these copies secured in another item of luggage. Without a passport or documentation relating to medication or assistive devices being readily available entry to a country will be denied, or medicines and assistive devices confiscated. In either eventuality, a return flight would probably be the outcome resulting in a waste of time and a significant financial loss.
Securing the Home:
If a home is to be left unoccupied for the duration of a trip, then certain precautions should be put in place to secure the property before boarding a flight. Arrangements with neighbours or friends to collect mail and perhaps switch on selected lights at night will remove the obvious signs that nobody is home. Any regular deliveries will also need to be suspended. Geysers and all non-essential electrical outlets or appliances should be switched off and alarms activated. It is sometimes wise to leave a set of keys with a trusted individual in case a sudden need arises to enter a home.
Chronic medications as well as any that are required for a current, temporary ailment should be obtained in sufficient supply for the duration of a trip. Proper written authorisation must be obtained if the amount exceeds regulations, and the medication must be clearly marked for use by the particular individual. Obtaining these medications in a foreign country may be difficult and may result in unnecessary discomfort. All recommended precautions should be taken to protect against high risk infections such as malaria and embassy alerts regarding potential health risks at certain destinations should be acknowledged prior to flights.
Holding onto Valuables:
Valuables left in a home during a trip should be properly secured in a safe or perhaps a bank safety deposit box if the value of the items warrant it. During a flight, it is the passengers´responsibility to ensure that their valuables are safe. Flight attendants will give advice at the start and end of flights regarding the safety of personal valuables and this should be adhered to. Trips to the toilet should never be taken without safeguarding valuables and if this is not possible, then they should accompany the passenger. Storing valuable items in the overhead compartments of an aircraft is risky if a passenger is continually leaving their seat.
Bringing packages from abroad / Information about importation and Custom Regulations:
To avoid confiscation of goods, it is imperative that regulations regarding restricted goods are studied and adhered to. The regulations are in place to protect countries from contamination by pests and disease and are strictly enforced. Some items or products are simply limited in quantity and in most cases must be for personal consumption only. Tariff regulations may also apply to items of a certain value which may be subject to excise duty or import VAT.