If you plan on taking a trip to the United States, before the airport security check, make sure your telephones, laptop and other electronic devices’ batteries are charged, or they could confiscate your devices.
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a statement indicating that devices that do not start during inspection will be confiscated, and their carriers will be subjected to additional inspection.
The measures were announced after US authorities expressed their concern over the work of terrorist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in Yemen and Syria to develop explosive devices capable of clearing airport detection systems.
The devices under TSA’s eye are mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers that could be used to hide or detonate explosives.
The agency’s statement did not specify which airports would be applying the requirement to turn electronic devices on. Currently there are flights arriving to the US nonstop from nearly two hundred fifty airports worldwide.
Source: Banca & Negocios
Brazilian airlines TAM and GOL are ranked among the world’s least safe airlines in the last thirty years according to the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Center.
The least safe airline is China Airlines, reporting 8 hull losses and 755 deaths. GOL is also one of the least safe airlines, after an air crash that took place between Manaos and Brasilia in 2006 involving a GOL jet and a smaller Legacy Executive jet. The two planes crashed into each other during flight, causing the death of 155 people in the GOL jet.
TAM is the second least safe airline in the world, after an accident occurred in Sao Paulo in July of 2007. According to investigations presented in the trial that took place this year, the Airbus A-320 coming from Porto Alegre attempted to land under heavy rain in a recently re-paved track. The plane was pushed off the Congonhas airport track and caught fire as it crashed against a gas station and an airline building.
The ranking prepared by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Center is based on victims and hull losses since 1983. The ranking also considers the number of deaths in relation to kilometers traveled, number of passengers transported and a time factor that grants more value to recent accidents over past ones. The list also contains international audit reports.
G4S Venezuela provides a few recommendations for your safety as informed by the Aviation Safety Network:
Before a flight
Before booking a flight many people want to know if the airline is safe. However, it is difficult to ensure if an airline might be safe or not, just by looking at fatal statistics. Therefore, a categorization of airline companies might not give any information whatsoever with regards to safety, not even taking into consideration the deaths per passenger/kilometer flighted. Besides the fact that there are few fatal accidents that can be the basis for a faithful statistics database, safety does not always depend upon the airline. Other factors may come to play such as the environment in which the airline operates (mountains or storm areas), as well as security within airports in case of hijackings or terrorists attacks. If you wish to check if an airline company has lost any airplanes in any accidents, you may also check the airlines index of the security database of the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), through their web page http://aviation-safety.net.
During the flight
On board of the plane, there are a few things you must remember:
- Pay attention to the safety instructions demonstration performed by the flight crew.
- Read carefully the safety instructions leaflet located in the back of the seat in front of yours.
- Locate the nearest emergency exit and learn how to open it in case of an emergency (check the safety instructions leaflet.)
- Whenever seated, always keep your seat belt fasten (turbulences may occur unexpectedly causing serious injuries.
Fuselage of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 after the explosive decompression in 1988
During 2012 a total of 475 people died as a result of fatal air crashes and accidents. According to the Aviation Safety Network, the numbers are considerably less than the 710 deaths that resulted from an average of 32 incidents a year through a decade (2003-2012).
Hundredths of thousands of flights take off and land safely from airports. The decisions that passengers make, as well as their actions, can make the difference between life and death in those rare occasions in which planes crash. Experts provide 10 recommendations for the passengers to be prepared in the unlikely case that there is a problem on their next flight, which are as follows:
- Keep your mind clear and your body calmed. Panic does not help.
- Have a plan. When boarding a plane, make yourself familiar with the surroundings. Visibility will be reduced in the case that the cockpit fills with smoke therefore, count the number of rows that distance your seat from the two closest exits.
- Pay attention to the safety instructions before take off and check the safety instructions card located at the front of your seat. Do not make the assumption that you already know everything as each airplane has different safety instructions. If you are seated in a row close to the emergency exit, make sure you know how to open it.
- Dress up properly. You will have to be able to keep warm if you survive a plane crash, so wear long sleeved clothing and trousers. Avoid wearing high heel shoes as you will have to take them off before evacuating the plane through an emergency slide.
- Keep your seat belt fastened, but remember how to unfasten it. It has been discovered that the people surviving emergency landings frantically look for the ways to unfasten their seat belts (at the hips, just like in a car.)
- Do not spend too much time looking for the safest seat, it might not exist. In 2007, the Popular Mechanics magazine published an article regarding an analysis of the data taken from the plane crashes and accidents that had taken place since 1971. It was discovered that the surviving rate was higher for passengers seating near the plane tail in comparison with passengers seating on the first rows of the plane.
- Check that there is a lifesaver vest before take off. You will find such inside a plastic container, usually located below the seat.
- Do not inflate the lifesaver inside the plane. In 1996, most of the people that died in the Boeing 767 from Ethiopian Airlines accident that occurred in the Comoros Islands, near Africa, have inflated their vests inside the cabin, which meant that they could not submerge I order to get to the exit doors when the plane was flooded.
- If the worst came to happen, prepare for impact. The idea is to avoid being quickly thrown towards the front of the plane. Put the back of your seat in vertical position and put your head below towards your knees or put it supporting the back of the seat in front of you. Put your hands behind your head but do not intertwine your fingers. Keep your elbows to the sides of your head, and not over your knees.
- If you must jump, do it. When the time to abandon the aircraft comes, the exit shall take place by the emergency slide. Jump putting your feet in front of you, your arms crossed over your chest and lean forward. In case of doubt, it is likely that one member of the crew pushes you.