Another year has passed, and the holiday season is upon us once again. With tens of millions of Americans set to take to the air next week and throughout the next six weeks, we need travelers to take an active role in aviation safety.
As I’ve mentioned before, we operate the safest transportation system in the world, but we can all take a few simple steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones even safer this holiday season, and every time we fly.
Before you take to the skies, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these important guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration:
- 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 bag restrictions.
- When it’s time, turn off your personal electronic device.
You can also find child safety information and the latest on airport status and delays at www.faa.gov/passengers. The site contains important tips on flying with children, including videos on how to properly install your child's safety seat on an airplane.
As Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said, “I’m asking every passenger to take just a few minutes to follow our safety tips and, most importantly, pay attention to your flight and cabin crew.”
His advice is absolutely right. And I hope everyone who travels by air over the next few weeks follows these tips, and has a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.
For more tips on travel ease and safety, please check back tomorrow on the Fast Lane.