Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and that means the summer travels season is upon us. As millions of people will take to the skies, we at the Department of Transportation are doing everything we can to keep air travelers as safe as possible.
And passengers can help us by taking a few simple steps to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Introducing a list of five simple safety steps for air passengers, Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said, "We're calling on passengers to take an active role in aviation safety."
To help passengers focus on safety when they board an airplane, the FAA and the Association of Flight Attendants teamed up to compile this useful list for air travelers of all ages.
As Administrator Babbitt said, "We are asking every passenger to take just a few minutes to follow our safety tips and, most importantly, pay attention to your flight and cabin crews.”
Here are the five important guidelines for a smoother, safer flying experience:
- Pay attention to the flight attendant safety briefing at the beginning of your flight and read the safety briefing card.
- Buckle up. Keep you and your family safe by wearing a seat belt at all times while seated.
- Use an approved child safety seat or device if your child weighs less than 40 pounds.
- Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airline’s carry-on restrictions.
- When it’s time, turn off your personal electronic device.
AFA International President Veda Shook, urged passengers to pay special attention to the top item:
"As first responders in the cabin, a Flight Attendant’s foremost responsibility is to help protect the safety and security of our passengers. Through comprehensive training and extensive experience, Flight Attendants are well equipped to ensure passengers arrive at their destination safely and securely.”
Responding to recommendations from our Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, the FAA has already stepped up its efforts to educate parents about the importance of using a child safety seat for air travel. Today's tips include that important reminder, but you can learn even more on the FAA website, which also features a video on how to properly install your safety seat on an airplane.
The Obama Administration is optimistic about the forecast for America's travel and tourism industry this year. And when you do travel, we are absolutely committed to protecting your safety.