Falling over on a plane can be a distressing experience. The conditions are always cramped, with limited leg space, and luggage crammed into small compartments overhead. There will be many situations where moving around is greatly restricted. People have to take toilet breaks, but they can come across obstacles.
Stewards may have left packages on the ground while they are serving refreshments. Personal items can be left in public gangways. The staff should also keep everyone informed of changes in flight conditions that could have a detrimental effect, such as oncoming episodes of turbulence.
The cabin crew have a particular duty of care when people are leaving the plane. This is when the situation can become most confusing, as various people try to clamber out of their seats at the same time. It is up to the stewards to supervise the removing of items from the luggage compartments. If these have not been safely packed, there is the potential for articles to fall the floor, forming obstructions that people could then trip over.
How should these incidents be prevented?
Statistics consistently confirm that flying is by far the safest way to travel when the number of accidents is compared to road, railway or boating incidents. However, the claustrophobic conditions on aircraft can give rise to accidents, particularly when people are boarding or embarking, and crowding into gangways, while hauling luggage from compartments.
Ultimately it is the cabin crew who have the responsibility for ensuring the safety and well-being of passengers at all time. Where there is any situation with the potential to cause falling over on a plane, then this should already have been underlined during a risk assessment procedure carried out long before anyone boarded.
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