who wear sensible clothing can reduce their chances of serious
injury in the unlikely event of an emergency .
clothes made of natural fabrics such as cotton, wool,
denim or leather. Synthetics may melt when heated.
to cover as much skin as possible.
clothing that is roomy, avoiding restrictive clothing.
low-heeled, leather or canvas shoes.
Not To Pack or Carry On Board Ė Common Household
for common household items that can be hazardous materials
when transported by air. The changes in temperature and
pressure during flight can cause items to leak, generate
toxic fumes or start a fire.
signal flares, sparklers or other explosives.
Liquids or solids such as fuel, paints, paint-thinners/cleaners,
lighter fluid, matches, or perfume (no more than 16 oz
per container). Strike-anywhere matches, lights with flammable
liquid reservoirs and lighter fluid are forbidden.
Containers such as spray cans (hair spray, deodorant or
repellents), butane fuel such as curling iron refills,
scuba tanks, propane tanks, CO2 cartridges, self-inflating
such as firearms, ammunition, gunpowder, mace, tear gas
or pepper spray. Firearms may be checked and declared,
and cutting instruments of all kinds are prohibited. Contact
the airline to determine any additional airline restrictions
that may apply.
materials such as dry ice, gas-powered tools, wet-cell
batteries, camping equipment with fuel, radioactive materials,
poisons, infectious substances. Dry Ice (4 lbs or less)
may be carried on board for packing perishables providing
the package is vented.
must declare hazardous materials to airlines, express
package carriers or the Postal Service. Violations carry
a civil penalty of up to $27,500 for each occurrence and,
in appropriate cases, a criminal penalty of up to $500,000
and/or up to five years imprisonment.
Small, Think Smart, Think Safe
with airline on the maximum size and number of carry-on
essentials such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items,
passports, important documents and valuables (jewelry
or cameras) in your carry-on bag.
to check more of your baggage and carry on less.
safety conscious when stowing baggage.
heavy items under the seat in front of you, not overhead.
stack items in the overhead bin.
be a bin hog.
overstuff the overhead bin.
AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS BEHIND.
special travel advisories concerning security threats
at your destination, call the Department of Transportationís
Travel Advisory Line at 1-800-221-0673.
early. Current security measures increase time needed
to check in. When traveling with young children, infants,
elderly or disabled passengers, build in even more time.
NOT leave your car unattended in front of the terminal.
Security measures mean local parking rules are being strictly
enforced and your car may be towed.
your photo identification handy. If you do not have a
photo ID, make sure you have two pieces of identification,
one of which must be issued by a government authority.
Minors are not required to have identification. Failure
to have proper identification may result in additional
security scrutiny. Some airlines may prohibit you from
boarding without proper ID.
international flights, airlines are required to collect
your full name and ask you for a contact name and phone
your eyes open for unattended packages and bags, and report
them to authorities. Watch your bags and donít accept
packages from strangers.
prepared to answer questions about who packed your bags
and whether you might have left them unattended at any
time. Think carefully and answer honestly--history has
shown that criminals and terrorists use unwitting passengers
to carry bombs or other dangerous items on board aircraft,
either by tricking passengers into carrying packages or
by simply slipping items into unwatched bags. If you have
any doubts, say so.
not joke about having a bomb or firearm in your possession.
Security personnel are trained to react when they hear
these words. Penalties can be severe, and can include
the possibility of time in prison and/or fines.
carry-on and checked bags are subject to being hand-searched,
especially when airline security personnel cannot determine
by X-ray the contents of a package.
gifts unwrapped until after you arrive at your destination.
Airline security personnel will open it if X-rays are
unable to identify the contents.
your firearms at home, and do not pack fireworks, flammable
materials, household cleaners, or pressurized containers.
Remember that violators of hazardous materials regulations
are subject to civil penalties of up to $27,500 per violation,
as well as possible criminal prosecution.
the passenger safety card before takeoff and landing.
carefully to the safety briefing.
able to locate emergency exits both in front and behind
you. Count the rows between you and the nearest front
and rear exits.
the flotation device.
a mental plan of action in case of emergency.
happens and much of it is unpredicted. And when it does
happen, adults and children who are not buckled up can be
seriously injured. Indeed, the majority of turbulence-related
injuries and deaths occur when the seat belt sign is on.
your seat belt at all times, turbulence is not always
sure your seat belt is secured snugly and low across the
non-fatal accidents, in-flight turbulence is the leading
cause of injuries to airline passengers and flight attendants.
year, approximately 58 airline passengers in the United
States are injured by turbulence while not wearing their
1981 through December 1997, there were 342 reports of
turbulence affecting major air carriers. As a result,
three passengers died, 80 suffered serious injuries and
769 received minor injuries.
least two of the three fatalities involved passengers
who were not wearing their seat belts while the seat belt
sign was illuminated.
the 80 passengers who were seriously injured, approximately
73 were not wearing their seat belts while the seat belt
sign was illuminated.
two-thirds of turbulence-related accidents occur at or
above 30,000 feet. In 1997, about half of the accidents
occurred above 30,000 feet.
strongly recommends the use child safety seats for children
under 40 lbs. It is important to check with the airline
to see if the child seat will fit the width of the airline
seat. While airline seats vary in width, a safety seat
no wider than 16" in width should fit most coach
about discount fares for children under two travelling
in a safety seat. Purchasing a discounted seat for your
child is the only way to guarantee you will be able use
a safety seat.
about the airlines busiest travel times. Avoiding these
times make it more likely you will have an empty seat
next to you. In many cases, airlines will allow you to
place your child infant/toddler in an empty seat next
under 20 lbs should be in a rear-facing seat.
20-40 lbs use a forward-facing seat.
the infant seat in the window seat.
airlines to arrange for assistance in making connections
when traveling with children and a child safety seat.
seats should not be placed in an aisle seat.
must be physically capable and willing to perform emergency
actions when seated in emergency or exit rows. If you
are not, ask for another seat.
familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation techniques
outlined on the written safety instructions. Ask questions
if instructions are unclear.
Laptops and Computer Games
FCC and FAA ban cell phones for airborne use because its
signals could interfere with critical aircraft instruments.
Radios and televisions are also prohibited.
and other personal electronic devices (PEDs) such as hand-held
computer games and tape or CD players are also restricted
to use above 10,000 feet owing to concerns they could
interfere with aircraft instrumentation.
with the duties of any crewmember is a violation of federal
could range up to $25,000 per violation in addition to
FBI, federal enforcement agencies, airlines, crewmembers
and FAA have combined to vigorously pursue prosecution,
which has resulted in imprisonment.
wet napkin or handkerchief over nose and mouth
away from fire and smoke.
YOUR POSSESSIONS BEHIND.
to the nearest front or rear exit Ė count the rows between
your seat and the exits.
floor lighting to exit.
feet first onto evacuation slide. Donít sit down to slide.
Place arms across your chest, elbows in, and legs and
feet together. Remove high-heeled shoes.
the aircraft and clear the area.
alert for emergency vehicles.
RETURN TO A BURNING AIRCRAFT.