Safety Notices Onboard
Good things to know when preparing for your flight: Safety Notices Onboard
Aircraft Safety Notices
While the main goal of any airline is delivering passengers from point A to point B, the underlying context is that the transportation will be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, keeping the customers reasonably comfortable, and above all maintaining an excellent safety record. According to the BBC, flying is statistically the safest mode of travel. Outstanding safety records are no accident. Airlines work hard everyday to keep each flyer safe, and there is evidence of this throughout the cabin during every flight. The safety messages are delivered at the beginning and end of every flight, and often during the flight as well, depending on circumstances. Many travellers may not be aware of all safety information at their disposal.
Please direct your attention….
Perhaps the most obvious safety information is the time-honoured and still-valuable crew member demonstration. A flight attendant will typically demonstrate the correct way to fasten and release the seat safety belt, identify that your seat bottom can be used as a flotation device, and demonstrate how to put on and inflate the life vest. The demonstration also includes an indication of the exit locations, emergency lighting ways, and the proper wearing of an oxygen mask. Technological advances may have limited the lifetime of this manual demonstration. Most new aircraft with onboard video monitors have abandoned the manual demonstration in favour of a video clip with the same information. While this does free the cabin crew for other preparation duties, it may also be easier to overlook.
In the seat pocket….
The most critical safety information is kept available to passengers at all times, in case of any missed points during a live or video demonstration or just as a reminder. In the seat pocket in front of each passenger on a flight, there is a safety leaflet. Ranging in size from a single A4 sheet to a multi-fold, laminated guide, these leaflets carry very little text. This is to ensure that most passengers, regardless of native language, education, or age, are able to interpret the pictograms and understand the safety-relevant information. These leaflets present the same information as a video presentation – seatbelts, oxygen masks, escape slides, and so on – but also usually duplicate some voice-only announcements detailing the acceptable use of electronic devices during the flight.
Subtle reminders throughout the Aircraft
The safety belt on every traveller’s seat is considered the primary safety device on the flight, and reminders to use the safety belt recur throughout the flight. On the overhead console at each seat (just beneath the overhead baggage bins), a status signal for seat belts is visible. When the icon is lit up, passengers are expected to fasten safety belts. This is normally during take off and landing, but also when directed by flight crew and during turbulence, but is also recommended throughout the flight when the passenger is seated. Additional seat belt icons are normally found on the bulkheads of the aircraft, visible to many (if not all) passengers onboard the flight.
Toilet Safety Precautions
The toilet in an aircraft can be a dangerous place during the flight. The small area constrains movement, previous careless visitors may have left water on surfaces, and the passenger is standing freely and could easily lose balance if turbulence is encountered. Safety warnings are normally visible on the walls and mirrors of the lavatory. These warnings include instructions to use the built-in handrails to maintain balance, a recommendation to clean up water spills, and an advisement to return to assigned seats. These warnings are complemented by reminders against smoking in the lavatory, which presents a fire hazard and air-quality hazard on board the flight.
Onboard Oxygen Masks
Modern aircraft fly at very high altitudes. To protect against the very low temperatures and thin atmosphere (not enough oxygen in the air), the cabins of modern aircraft are pressurized. Warm, oxygen-rich air inside the aircraft is maintained by this pressure seal. In the rare event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks drop from recesses overhead. One mask is provided per passenger. There are printed recommendations (and crew member oral advice or safety video) instructing adult passengers to attend to their own masks first, and then to secure the masks of children and others. In some aircraft, but not all, the storage panel for the oxygen mask is labelled.
Airline safety continues to be a major priority of all air carriers. Innovations in technology and best practices in aircraft maintenance certainly play a vital role, the safety advice and features inside the aircraft also make a difference in the safety of each passenger. While many passengers may become overly accustomed to the procedures involved with understanding the safety features of an aircraft, this is a small price to pay for arriving safely time after time.