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A Quick Guide to Safe Air Travel

If you are traveling by plane, you may be surprised to find out that flying is statistically safer than driving a car. To make air travel even safer, and to minimize potential problems, here are some helpful tips that you can use, both before and during your flight.

  • Pay close attention to the flight attendants and listen carefully when they review safety information at the start of the flight.
  • Wear your seat belt as instructed. Turbulence can strike at any time and, if it does, you want to be prepared.
  • Be aware of the luggage in the overhead bins. It’s not uncommon for luggage to fall during a flight.
  • Get out of your seat and move around occasionally. If possible, try a little stretching. Sitting in the same position for an extended period may cause muscle cramping, and even a blood clot.
  • Flying may result in dehydration, so it’s important to consume non-alcoholic fluids before and during your flight.
  • Staying hydrated will also help with jet lag.
  • Limit your alcohol while flying. In an emergency situation you don’t want impaired judgment.
  • If possible, opt for long pants on your flight. In an emergency situation, if you need to crawl on the floor to leave the aircraft, the extra protection for your legs will be important.
  • Windows seats may provide a little more scenery, but unless you are in the exit row, an aisle seat gives you the best chance of getting out quickly in an emergency.
  • Make a mental note of the exits, and how many rows you are from the exits. In an emergency, the nearest exit may be blocked, so you need to be aware of all the exits. Because visibility may be limited, you may need to crawl on the floor or feel with your hands to get to an exit. If you know the number of rows you have to travel, it will help you locate the exit more quickly.
  • Whether traveling by air or car, make your next trip less stressful and more enjoyable by planning ahead and following safety protocols.

Call the Nashville personal injury lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP today if you have suffered injuries or the death of a loved one due to an aviation accident. Different types of injuries invoke different rules in different jurisdictions, and time can run out quickly to file these types of claims.

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