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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Trump puts flyers’ safety at risk for political gain

Waiting times at security check points at US airports rapidly get longer. The US Transportation Security Administration closed security checkpoints at airports around the USA the past weekend.

Calling in sick

The TSA is experiencing a national rate of 7.6% unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2% rate 1 year ago. The number of TSA security officers calling in sick increased by more than half. TSA employees missed their first paycheck on January 11, 2019. Those are some of the consequences of Donald Trump's government shutdown.

Security checkpoints closed

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Trump kicked out of Bavaria

If the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) kept airline passengers safe, Donald Trump has changed that. He said live on TV that he was proud to shutdown the government and would not blame the Democrats. "I own the shutdown," he said.

Trump backtracks

Meanwhile, Americans are experiencing many disturbing effects of the shutdown. As a result, Trump backtracked. He now seems less proud of the shutdown and, indeed, is blaming the democrats for it.

Dodging the draft

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How turbulence looks like

Following our previous article we now share a video posted by snugsug.com. It shows a striking example of a severe turbulent area with rain at Birmingham airport in the UK. First, a Flybe Embraer tries to land, but has to go around as the crosswinds are too strong. Next, an easyJet Airbus approaches the airport and does the same. It does not even try a second time, but diverts straight to Stansted. But then an Emirates Airbus 380 -...
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No more turbulence?

Severe turbulence in an airplane is not only inconvenient, it may also be dangerous. Overhead bins may open and baggage items may fall on passengers' heads. Also, items may fly through the cabin. Watch a video about severe turbulence on an Aeroflot flight. Cases of extreme turbulence have caused injuries to passengers and flight attendants. Although pilots try to avoid flying through turbulent areas, they do not always know they are approaching such an area. In those cases they simply cannot fly around the turbulent area and turbulence occurs...
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The world’s safest airlines in 2019

AirlineRatings.com has named Qantas the safest airline for 2019. However, it presents the top-20 in alphabetical order. Thus, it is not really an airline safety ranking order. Carriers in the top-20 are: Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, and United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

Number of stars

All those carriers have the maximum number of 7 stars according to AirlineRatings.com's safety ranking system. On...
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Fear of flying

Vliegramp2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, reports the Aviation Safety Network. In that year, a total of 15 fatal accidents with aircraft were recorded resulting in 556 fatalities. The accidents involve 12 passenger flights and 3 cargo flights.

5-year average

This is worse than the 5-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities: 1 more accident and 76 more lives lost. Even so, as to commercial aviation, 2018 is the 3rd safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the 9th safest in terms...
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