Safety equipment in planes

For those who dread flying or get sweaty palms just thinking about it, take a deep breath and read about all the safety equipment that planes have on-board. While this may not ease all of your worries, hopefully it will calm a few of them and make flying a more pleasant experience for you.

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Many airlines will have standard safety equipment on board that the flight crew will instruct you on at the beginning of all flights. One of them is the oxygen mask that drops from the overhead compartment in case of a loss of cabin pressure. This simply needs to be placed over you mouth and gently tugged to release the oxygen flow.

There is also a fire extinguisher and a crash axe that are readily available on board all planes. The crash axe is a tool that is used for cutting seat belts, breaking windows or shearing through metal. Much of the material used in the construction of planes is fire resistant, such as the sidewalls, stow bins, seat cushions and carpets.

All passengers are provided with a life jacket that has a light and whistle attached to it. The crew will go over this before take-off and show passengers where the various exits are in case of an emergency. Those sitting in the exit rows will need to know what their role is and how to open the safety door they are sitting by. The plane will also have inflatable slides that are fire, fluid and sun resistant. The FAA requires that all the passengers are able to exit the plane in 90 seconds with the help of escape slides and low-level floor proximity lighting.

All seats on board have seat belts that are required throughout various parts of the flight. The sign above each seat notifies the passenger of when it is required. Depending on the airline, most seats are designed to absorb the impact if there is an emergency landing. The headrest on the back of the seat is also designed to help prevent head injury.

Again, and this varies from airline to airline, but there should be a basic medical kit that the staff are well trained in. Some planes even carry portable automatic defibrillators and communication links to doctors. But if there are any major health concerns that you are aware of, prevention is a far better option than cure so it is advisable that you contact your doctor before flying.

For a more in-depth look at what your airline has, visit their website and see what specific safety equipment each of their vessels carry. Thankfully each year more and more airlines are training their staff for various medical and fire emergencies and other emergency situations and they are continuing to strive to meet progressive safety equipment requirements.

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