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Category Archives: Safety and Security

The incredible shrinking airline seat (2)

The US air transport industry paid in 2016 nearly $14 million (€11.7 million) to candidates running for the US Congress according to OpenSecrets.org. Thus, this lobby is quite powerful. Small wonder that attempts from some members of congress, including Steve Cohen (TN-D), to regulate a minimum airline seat size have gone nowhere. But on April 27, 2018 an overwhelming majority (393-13) in the US House of Representatives voted for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill of 2018. The bill would not only...
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Where is flying more risky?

VliegrampFlying is the safest mode of travel. The risk to die in an aircraft crash decreased since 2015 to less than 1 fatality per 10 million airline passengers. Despite this trend it is already certain that 2018 will turn out to be less safe than 2017, writes Demos, a Dutch demographic magazine. In the first quarter of 2018 alone there were 4 times more fatalities than in the whole year 2017. This is due to a crash in Russia (65 fatalities), 2 crashes in Iran (84 fatalities in total) and...
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Woman almost sucked out of plane and dies

Southewest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines flight 1380 departs New York La Guardia on April 17, 2018, but 20 minutes into the flight it suffers a major engine failure: a fan blade breaks off. Shrapnel blows a window out of the fuselage and causes the cabin to depressurize. The passenger sitting in the window seat, Jennifer Riordan, is sucked only halfway outside the aircraft because she has fastened her seatbelt. Two passengers, Tim McGinty and Andrew Needum, are able to pull her back inside the plane. The plane makes an emergency landing in Philadelphia,...
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How clean are planes and airports?

Traveling involves risk, so travelers are potential customers of insurance companies. Flying is the safest mode of travel in terms of accidents, but how about germs travelers may be exposed to? Insurancequotes.com conducted 18 tests across 6 surfaces from 3 major US airports and airline flights to find out how clean traveling really is. Each surface was swabbed 3 times at airports or on different US flights. They sent their swabs to a laboratory to find the average number of viable bacteria and fungal cells per square inch, or colony-forming units...
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FAA slow to obey court’s order

Airlines continue to cram more seats in their aircraft. They not only reduce legroom, but also seat width: from 18.5 inches (47 cm) a decade ago to about 17 inches (43 cm) now. The number of emergency exits remains unchanged, so the time needed to evacuate a plane must have increased. Therefore, we already contacted the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on October 29, 2015 to ask questions about the safety aspect of the phenomenon of more and smaller seats in aircraft, whereas (in particular US) passengers continue to grow...
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TSA PreCheck is expanding

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs a so-called TSA PreCheck program, which is an expedited screening program. It enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 US airports with 47 participating airlines nationwide. PreCheck travelers do not need to remove shoes and can leave laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets in their carry-on bag. It is as if you are traveling before 9/11. The PreCheck program first launched in October of 2011 and now over 200 US airports offer PreCheck.
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