One hurdle for many holiday goers when planning to travel abroad is the plane journey. Around 40 per cent of people suffer from some form of flight-based anxiety, with many just plain frightened of boarding an aeroplane. But, when planning for any potential travel accident compensation claim, it’s important to remember that there is plenty that can be done if you are unlucky enough to be involved in an air traffic incident.
What can I do to prevent a holiday-based aeroplane accident?
Even though you may think that a plane crash is almost a guarantee of fatality, there are actually plenty of things that can be done to keep you safe in the unlikely event that you are on 1 in 10 million flights that crash land:
- Dress Sensibly – It may be tempting to pop on some high heels or flip flops as you jet off on holiday, but in the event of a crash you may be more vulnerable by doing so. Moving in a hurry could prove to be difficult in unsuitable footwear and reduce your chances of moving clear of the plane.
- Sit Near an Exit – Some flight companies allow you to choose your seat, and picking a seat near one of the exits could ensure a swift journey off the plane in an emergency.
- Pay Attention – It may be tempting to chat to friends or family, or even have a little nap, prior to takeoff, but paying attention to safety information could be the difference between life and death in the event of a plane-related accident. Also, be sure to take time to read all safety information you will be provided with, which will indicate exits and procedures.
- Use Your Seat Belt – You can choose to unfasten your seat belt for comfort while airborne, but keeping it on could prevent you falling from your seat or injuring yourself during turbulence or when in a crash.
- Move Clear – If you do crash on to dry land, be sure to move away from the wreckage as quickly as possible. Engines and fuel tanks are genuine hazards and could explode or ignite.
- Stay Calm – Panicking will do little to help the situation, although it can be difficult in a huge crisis, it’s best to remain steady and following instructions from cabin crew and staff.
Statistically, you may never have to use this information. But, in case you are one of the unlucky ones it’s best to plan ahead.
Date Published: November 9, 2013
Author: David Brown