With more Americans slated to travel this holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of safety tips to help make air travel easier.
“I’m asking air travelers to take an active role in aviation safety when they fly this holiday season,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a news release.
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Here are the FAA’s nine safety tips:
Leave your bags in an evacuation: 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: 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.
Don’t bring that Note7: 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.
Watch your batteries: 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.
Follow carry-on rules: Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airline’s carry-on bag restrictions.
Stow your electronic devices: Use your electronic device only when the crew says it’s safe to do so.
Listen to the flight crew: Pay attention to the flight attendants during the safety briefing and read the safety briefing card.
Wear your seatbelt: Buckle up at all times.
Bring a safety seat or device for young children: Your arms cannot hold onto a child during turbulence or an emergency.