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Travel Safety: Six Steps to Safely Travel by Airplane

As a humanitarian volunteer or worker, it’s often necessary to deploy where help is needed most. This means that international flights are often unavoidable. Just like any method of transportation, flying comes with certain risks. Therefore it is essential to safely Travel by Airplane.

Generally speaking, accredited international airlines are very safe—even more so than driving or taking a bus—but, you should still take certain precautions when you travel by airplane. Here are 6 steps for air travel safety.

Step 1: Review the airline’s safety rating

Before you even purchase a flight to your mission destination, make sure that you’ve checked the airline’s safety rating. Just because you found the cheapest flight doesn’t mean you shouldn’t jump at the chance to get it. After all, safety must come first.

Overall, large commercial airlines with a global reputation tend to have good safety records. Make sure that they have certification from one or more of the following agencies: the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the European Union (EU), or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In addition, there are records on sites such as SkyTraxRatings.com and AirlineRating.com. These will tell you the official safety records of each airline. As a rule of thumb, you should always select a plane larger than 30 seats. These have better safety systems.

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Step 2: Choose non-stop flights when possible

Most airplane accidents (though there are few) occur during take-off and landing. Because of this, it is best to get the most direct flight to your destination as possible. The fewer times you switch planes, the safer you will be.

Not only that, fewer stopovers mean less potential for delays, cancellations, lost luggage, etc. Plus, you’ll be less tired when you get to your destination!

Step 3: Be aware of baggage regulations

There is a reason that baggage regulations are in place. Some are there to prevent accidents with certain items. For example, spray cans or lithium batteries can explode due to cabin pressure changes. Other items are forbidden due to potential security threats, such as certain liquids.

Make sure that you are aware of the regulations and do not bring restricted items on board. Never leave your carry-on baggage unattended. This is to prevent someone from placing items in your carry-on while you are away. Do, however, bring all basic necessities in case your checked-in luggage gets lost.

Step 4: Familiarize yourself with safety instructions

While this may seem like a no-brainer, many people don’t pay attention to safety instructions aboard a plane. Make sure that you know what to do in case of an emergency! Watch the video or pay attention to the instructions from attendants with care. Read the instructions in the seat pocket in front of you and locate your life vest. Again, nothing is likely to happen, but if it were to, you’d be prepared.

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Step 5: Stay safe during your flight

There are a few things you can do to make your flight safer and more comfortable. First, locate your nearest emergency exit—if you follow step 4, you’ve already done this. Make sure to pick an aisle seat when possible. You can move out more quickly in case of an emergency. Plus, it’s better to get up frequently to prevent any circulation issues after the flight.

In addition to overall safety, refrain from alcohol consumption during a flight. Due to cabin pressure changes, it may have a stronger effect. If you don’t feel well during a flight, make sure to inform a flight attendant.

Step 6: Be prepared for arrival at your destination

Your air travel does not end when you land. Airports may pose certain safety risks that are both common and easy to avoid. For example, since there are many foreigners arriving in airports with cash and valuables, airports present the perfect opportunities for robberies.

Know the instructions on how to get to your hotel, where it is located. and have a map of the city. If your organization is sending a transfer, have a photo of your driver and his or her name. When possible, have roaming or a local sim card so that you can contact your organization upon arrival. Finally, never take unauthorized taxis or any other unfamiliar vehicle from the airport to your accommodation.

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