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blank 09/17/13 08:47AM Air Safety, FAA, Travel Do's and Don'ts, TSA, What not to do

The reason for aviation safety: the protocols we adhere to and why

No airplane leaves the runway without first going through an endless list of rigorous procedures, and there’s an even longer list that pilots have to follow once their aircraft is actually up in the air.

Anyone that’s ever been at the airport before will know about the various security measures that you have to go through before you can actually board the plane.

But why do we have to follow these procedures, and what actually takes place?

For Passengers


Only limited quantities of liquids are allowed onto flights. There are many reasons for this, but most notable is the fact that dangerous substances (such as liquid explosives) can be put forward as generic bottled water.

There are many security considerations that airport staff are responsible for, and checking for unauthorized liquids is one of them. According to the TSA, you can only carry 3.4 ounces (100 ml) of liquids in your carry-on luggage, and nothing in your hold luggage.

Each time a security official has to examine carry-on baggage, it slows down other passengers by no end. So, always declare liquids rather than keeping them in your luggage.

For Pilots

Flight Preparation

Though it might not seem like it when you’re sat in your seat waiting for the plane to take off, the pilot does actually have make a lot of preparations.

The Pilot in Command (PIC) is responsible for making any and all preparations for the flight, including calculating the weather conditions. This includes the weather in the current location, along the way, and at the destination. This allows the pilots to be prepared for any disturbances along the way, and will also allow them to map the best course.

The PIC will also have to calculate the anticipated takeoff and landing weights, and document the centre of gravity of the plane and its movement during the flight. This will prevent the aircraft from exceeding the set limits on weight and movement.


Once the PIC has been given clearance for takeoff, they must call "clear left, clear right". This ensures that the runway is clear and prevents any accidents from happening should someone or another vehicle be in the way

For Flight Attendants

Safety Briefing

Flight attendants must provide all passengers on the flight with a safety briefing prior to takeoff. Standards for these demonstrations are set by the International Civil Aviation Organization and must include briefings for:

      The emergency brace position

      Use of seat belts

      Location of emergency exits

      Use of oxygen masks

      Location of emergency equipment, including life vests

      Use of cellphones

      Review of safety information card

As you can see, safety procedures are vital to the effectiveness of air transport. Without them, whether they are for passengers, pilots or flight attendants, airplanes certainly wouldn’t be safe. They also help to speed up processes and make the machine that is air travel run much smoother.


This guest post was written by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Air Charter, a specialist air charter company.


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