I envy those people who are not afraid of flying! The truth is, most of us are anxious about the safety of flying! This is due to the recent air crashes that are reported in the media. If it is any comfort to you, the rate of airline crashes has not significantly changed in the last fifteen years. Yes, there have been more crashes reported by the media but that is because there has been an increase in the flights and better media coverage. The statistics show that the ratio of crashes in relation to the number of flights have not significantly increased.

Also, just because there is an airline crash, it doesn't mean that it will be fatal to everyone on board. Generally speaking, we all tend to think of air crashes as being 100% fatal accidents. Statistics prove that this is not always so! In studies of crashes, it has been ascertained that many crashes are fatal from 90-100% of the passengers on board but in a larger percentage than you would guess, less than 10% of the passengers were fatally injured.

To increase your safety in the event of a crash, it would be wise to adhere to the following:

*Seating assignment is important. There has been a lot of discussion about where the safest seat on an airplane is located. Some sources say to sit near the wing section due to structural stability. Other sources say to sit near the back so that the impact, usually in the frontal section, is further away from your seat. Personally, I want to be sitting near an exit door in the event of a crash because I want to get the "heck out of Dodge" as fast as I can.

*Fly nonstop if possible. It is during takeoff, climbing, decent, and landing where most accidents occur during flight.

*Use the larger carriers when possible. Using a carrier which carries more than 30 people on board increases your safety since those carriers fly under very strict governmentally regulated guidelines.

*Listen to the flight attendants during preflight briefing. She/he will be instructing you regarding exit doors, oxygen location and utilization, life preservers, rules regarding the seat belt sign and how to position yourself in the event of an impending crash. Although you may be a frequent flyer and have heard it a hundred times, you will be glad you listened in the event of an actual crash.

*Do not store heavy objects in the overhead bin. During heavy turbulence, these may fall out on your head and cause you to become seriously injured.

*Keep your seat belt fastened at all times. You never know when the airplane will encounter an "air pocket" and you will be projected upward. There are many incidents reported of people being injured during one of these times as a result of not wearing their seat belts.

*Wear appropriate clothing which are made of natural fibers, such as cotton, wool, and denim. Synthetic fibers melt and cling to your body, thereby contributing to the potential for severe burns. Preferably, wear long pants and shirts. Do not wear shorts or shirts because they do not cover your extremities. Wear comfortable, low heeled, sensible shoes in order to evacuate without difficulty.

*Do not bring hazardous material aboard the airplane. Common sense will tell you that is it not safe to bring items such as poisonous gases, gasoline, corrosive materials, etc. unless it is packaged and approved by the airlines.

*Don't drink too many alcoholic beverages. Since the cabin is under pressure, the effect of the alcohol will affect you differently than it would under other circumstances. The best rule of thumb is to drink in moderation at all times.

*In the event of an actual emergency...struggle to keep calm. It may mean the difference between whether you survive or not. Follow the directions of the flight crew and exit the aircraft as quickly as possible.

*Special attention should be made to assure the safety of children. For more information regarding this topic, click on: "Child Safety".

*Occasionally, children must fly alone. Because they are precious cargo, it would be well to read more on this topic by clicking on: "Children Traveling Alone".

DECLARATION: The information contained on this or any other page of the web site, Atlas Tour and Travel, is based on research of other sources, personal opinion and feedback from travelers. Although every effort has been made to be as error-free as possible, the information is not to be considered as being 100% accurate since facts can change and there must be an allowance for human error.

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