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Category Archives: Safety and Security

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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Manila airport safe according to ICAO, not according to TSA

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for assessing security at foreign airports with direct service to the USA. This is to ensure that they meet ICAO standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Travel advisory for Manila Airport

In coordination with DHS and the Department of Transportation, experts from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have assessed aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines. This airport serves as a last-point-of-departure airport for flights...
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Unwanted sex up in the air

Sxual assaultIn-flight sexual assault is punishable in the USA by up to 10 years in prison plus fines and mandatory restitution. But airlines are not mandated to report and record the incidence of in-flight sexual abuse. Therefore, victims cannot directly and timely report the crimes to law enforcement.

Reporting procedures

What's more, airlines have 4-5 step reporting procedures in place. They involve a flight attendant, the captain, the airline ground crew, and the airline station manager. Those procedures frustrate most investigations. As a result, police do not usually meet the victim, perpetrator, and witnesses at...
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Pilot errors

Air FrancJan-Pierre Otelli's booke flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. The causes of the plane crash are a sequence of pilot errors from 1 of the 2 co-pilots in the cockpit. This concludes Jean-Pierre Otelli, a pilot and an expert on aviation safety. He published volume 5 of Pilot Errors in October 2011.

Black boxes

His conclusion is based on data from the black boxes that were recovered 2 years after the crash. However, not...
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