USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says travelers can make their flight even safer by taking a few minutes to follow these guidelines:
- In the unlikely event that you need to evacuate, leave your bags and personal items behind. Your luggage is not worth your life. Passengers are expected to evacuate an airplane within 90 seconds. You do not have time to grab your luggage or personal items. Opening an overhead compartment will delay evacuation and put the lives of everyone around you at risk.
- Pack safe and leave hazardous materials at home. From lithium batteries to aerosol whipped cream, many items can be dangerous when transported by air. Vibrations, static electricity, and temperature and pressure variations can cause hazardous materials to leak, generate toxic fumes, start a fire, or even explode. When in doubt, leave it out.
- Leave your Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone at home. You are prohibited from transporting this recalled device on your person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.
- If you have spare batteries, pack them in your carry-on baggage and use a few measures to keep them from short circuiting: keep the batteries in their original packaging, tape over the electrical connections with any adhesive, non-metallic tape, or place each battery in its own individual plastic bag. You cannot fly with damaged or recalled batteries.
- Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airline’s carry-on bag restrictions.
- Use your electronic device only when the crew says it’s safe to do so.
- Pay attention to the flight attendants during the safety briefing and read the safety briefing card. It could save your life in an emergency.
- Buckle up. Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Protect young children by using a child safety seat or device. Your arms cannot hold onto a child during turbulence or an emergency. An FAA video shows how to install a child safety seat on an airplane.
Watch this one-minute video of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta discussing traveler safety.