who wear sensible clothing can reduce their
chances of serious injury in the unlikely
event of an emergency .
clothes made of natural fabrics such as
cotton, wool, denim or leather. Synthetics
may melt when heated.
to cover as much skin as possible.
clothing that is roomy, avoiding restrictive
low-heeled, leather or canvas shoes.
Not To Pack or Carry On Board Ė Common
Household Hazardous Materials
for common household items that can be hazardous
materials when transported by air. The changes
in temperature and pressure during flight
can cause items to leak, generate toxic
fumes or start a fire.
signal flares, sparklers or other explosives.
Liquids or solids such as fuel, paints,
paint-thinners/cleaners, lighter fluid,
matches, or perfume (no more than 16 oz
per container). Strike-anywhere matches,
lights with flammable liquid reservoirs
and lighter fluid are forbidden.
Containers such as spray cans (hair spray,
deodorant or repellents), butane fuel such
as curling iron refills, scuba tanks, propane
tanks, CO2 cartridges, self-inflating rafts.
such as firearms, ammunition, gunpowder,
mace, tear gas or pepper spray. Firearms
may be checked and declared, if unloaded.
and cutting instruments of all kinds are
prohibited. Contact the airline to determine
materials such as dry ice, gas-powered tools,
wet-cell batteries, camping equipment with
fuel, radioactive materials, poisons, infectious
substances. Dry Ice (4 lbs or less) may
be carried on board for packing perishables
providing the package is vented.
must declare hazardous materials to airlines,
express package carriers or the Postal Service.
Violations carry a civil penalty of up to
$27,500 for each occurrence and, in appropriate
cases, a criminal penalty of up to $500,000
and/or up to five years imprisonment.
hazardous material information
Small, Think Smart, Think Safe
with airline on the maximum size and number
of carry-on bags allowed. Also, check
out the carry-on bag tips page
essentials such as prescriptions, personal
hygiene items, passports, important documents
and valuables (jewelry or cameras) in your
to check more of your baggage and carry
safety conscious when stowing baggage.
heavy items under the seat in front of you,
stack items in the overhead bin.
be a bin hog.
overstuff the overhead bin.
AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS
special travel advisories concerning security
threats at your destination, call the Department
of Transportationís Travel Advisory Line
early. Current security measures increase
time needed to check in. When traveling
with young children, infants, elderly or
disabled passengers, build in even more
NOT leave your car unattended in front of
the terminal. Security measures mean local
parking rules are being strictly enforced
and your car may be towed.
your photo identification handy. If you
do not have a photo ID, make sure you have
two pieces of identification, one of which
must be issued by a government authority.
Minors are not required to have identification.
Failure to have proper identification may
result in additional security scrutiny.
Some airlines may prohibit you from boarding
without proper ID.
international flights, airlines are required
to collect your full name and ask you for
a contact name and phone number.
your eyes open for unattended packages and
bags, and report them to authorities. Watch
your bags and donít accept packages from
prepared to answer questions about who packed
your bags and whether you might have left
them unattended at any time. Think carefully
and answer honestly--history has shown that
criminals and terrorists use unwitting passengers
to carry bombs or other dangerous items
on board aircraft, either by tricking passengers
into carrying packages or by simply slipping
items into unwatched bags. If you have any
doubts, say so.
not joke about having a bomb or firearm
in your possession. Security personnel are
trained to react when they hear these words.
Penalties can be severe, and can include
the possibility of time in prison and/or
carry-on and checked bags are subject to
being hand-searched, especially when airline
security personnel cannot determine by X-ray
the contents of a package.
gifts unwrapped until after you arrive at
your destination. Airline security personnel
will open it if X-rays are unable to identify
your firearms at home, and do not pack fireworks,
flammable materials, household cleaners,
or pressurized containers. Remember that
violators of hazardous materials regulations
are subject to civil penalties of up to
$27,500 per violation, as well as possible
the passenger safety card before takeoff
carefully to the safety briefing.
able to locate emergency exits both in front
and behind you. Count the rows between you
and the nearest front and rear exits.
the flotation device.
a mental plan of action in case of emergency.
happens and much of it is unpredicted. And
when it does happen, adults and children who
are not buckled up can be seriously injured.
Indeed, the majority of turbulence-related
injuries and deaths occur when the seat belt
sign is on.
your seat belt at all times, turbulence
is not always predictable.
sure your seat belt is secured snugly and
low across the hips.
non-fatal accidents, in-flight turbulence
is the leading cause of injuries to airline
passengers and flight attendants.
year, approximately 58 airline passengers
in the United States are injured by turbulence
while not wearing their seat belts.
1981 through December 1997, there were 342
reports of turbulence affecting major air
carriers. As a result, three passengers
died, 80 suffered serious injuries and 769
received minor injuries.
least two of the three fatalities involved
passengers who were not wearing their seat
belts while the seat belt sign was illuminated.
the 80 passengers who were seriously injured,
approximately 73 were not wearing their
seat belts while the seat belt sign was
two-thirds of turbulence-related accidents
occur at or above 30,000 feet. In 1997,
about half of the accidents occurred above
strongly recommends the use child safety
seats for children under 40 lbs. It is important
to check with the airline to see if the
child seat will fit the width of the airline
seat. While airline seats vary in width,
a safety seat no wider than 16" in
width should fit most coach seats.
about discount fares for children under
two travelling in a safety seat. Purchasing
a discounted seat for your child is the
only way to guarantee you will be able use
a safety seat.
about the airlines busiest travel times.
Avoiding these times make it more likely
you will have an empty seat next to you.
In many cases, airlines will allow you to
place your child infant/toddler in an empty
seat next to you.
under 20 lbs should be in a rear-facing
20-40 lbs use a forward-facing seat.
the infant seat in the window seat.
airlines to arrange for assistance in making
connections when traveling with children
and a child safety seat.
seats should not be placed in an aisle seat.
more information about child safety seats
must be physically capable and willing to
perform emergency actions when seated in
emergency or exit rows. If you are not,
ask for another seat.
familiarize yourself with the emergency
evacuation techniques outlined on the written
safety instructions. Ask questions if instructions
Laptops and Computer Games
FCC and FAA ban cell phones for airborne
use because its signals could interfere
with critical aircraft instruments. Radios
and televisions are also prohibited.
and other personal electronic devices (PEDs)
such as hand-held computer games and tape
or CD players are also restricted to use
above 10,000 feet owing to concerns they
could interfere with aircraft instrumentation.
with the duties of any crewmember is a violation
of federal law.
could range up to $25,000 per violation
in addition to criminal penalties.
FBI, federal enforcement agencies, airlines,
crewmembers and FAA have combined to vigorously
pursue prosecution, which has resulted in
wet napkin or handkerchief over nose and
away from fire and smoke.
YOUR POSSESSIONS BEHIND.
to the nearest front or rear exit Ė count
the rows between your seat and the exits.
floor lighting to exit.
feet first onto evacuation slide. Donít
sit down to slide. Place arms across your
chest, elbows in, and legs and feet together.
Remove high-heeled shoes.
the aircraft and clear the area.
alert for emergency vehicles.
RETURN TO A BURNING AIRCRAFT.