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Tips to Survive the Apocalypse of a Plane Crash

I have a friend who is a flight attendant and she always complains that most of the passengers, the minute they enter a flight, start ordering and always ignore the safety speech. Though it is for their safety, they are least bothered and assume it’s the attendant’s job to save them in the event of any untoward accident. But what these people fail to understand is that by attentively listening to the speech, they are prepared for the worst case scenario and can also protect their fellow passengers as well.

Surviving through a plane crash is difficult, but with properly following the briefing, one can certainly avoid being a victim. According to the government statistics, the probability of surviving a plane crash is high but these results do not guarantee the passengers to relax. It’s more important to be alert and stay focused while flying. Also, keeping a safety kit with you is the best option while flying.

Tips for Survival

Strategically Plan
While the plane is coming down, it’s important to remain calm. Next, think about your plan of action as to how you will survive the impact. Always listen to the air attendant as they are there to guide you. Do remember to use seat belts and tightly fasten them around you so as to avoid the force at which you can be propelled forward. Bend your head between your legs and your arms behind your legs so as to brace yourself for the impact. If you are not able to bend fully then place your arms on the back of the front seat so as to avoid any upper body injury.

Don’t Carry On Luggage
While you are getting out of a plane that has crashed, it’s important that you leave your luggage behind. Do not, under any circumstance, open the overhead bin as the luggage may drop on your face because of the position of the plane. It’s not worth your life. It’s necessary that you get out of the plane as the grace period allotted to passengers involved in a crash is very less.

Dress Code
Though there is no dress code for flying with any carrier but still it’s better to stick to cotton pants, full sleeve shirts or jeans and sports shoes. On the flight, resist the urge to take off your shoes because during a crash your feet will be safe from injuries resulting from debris and broken glasses. Avoid wearing synthetic clothes which are prone to fire and avoid loose fitting clothes. Also avoid stuffing your pockets with some unnecessary items instead keep a cotton cloth. In the event of a fire, the smoke can be harmful if inhaled. The cotton cloth soaked in water should be used to cover the mouth area so as to avoid the poisonous smoke. So try to keep a bottle of water in your seat bin.

Survival Seats
According to experts, sitting within five rows of exit can increase your survival chances. Also, the back end of the plane bears less brunt than the front end therefore try to take the last seats. Even aisle seats and the ones near to the exit are best in terms of getting out easily.

Food and Drink
Even though you might be tempted to munch a little more than usual, do not do so. Try to avoid alcoholic drinks as these make you feel dizzy and nauseated when you are involved in a plane crash. Though now flights have light meals or no meals at all, it’s better for passengers to be alert during takeoff and landing.

It’s always advisable that you read the emergency safety cards as these contain great deal of information that can help you in time of crash. The information might be read by you before but all the flights have some unique information to give on their flight safety exits, information about safety vests and the way the vests are to be inflated and used. Also while going to your seat try to count the number of seats after which your seat is located. In the event of crash smoke spreading in the plane, at least you will be able to count and rush to the nearest exit.

Help Yourself
When you are involved in a plane crash, first try to put on the oxygen mask so as to breathe normally. After you have put the mask on, try to help your fellow passengers. As you are walking out of the plane, do not push people as it might result in a stampede. Try to walk fast and encourage people ahead of you to walk fast. After you have stepped out of the wreckage try to run far from the wreckage sight and follow the instructions of the flight personnel’s. It’s better to stay far from the crash as the risk of plane catching fire is high after it has crashed. If the plane has crashed in a water body, extract the life vest located under your seat and wear it. Inflate it when you are out of the plane and going to slide down so as to make sure it is not punctured.

Being involved in plane crash is like a nightmare come true. Nobody wants to imagine such a situation but it’s important that if we experience such a nightmare, we should maintain a positive helpful attitude.

Wonderful Ways to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Even an atheist will thank God after surviving a long haul flight! It is difficult to articulate the misery and the frustration that you have to experience in the flight, which takes you across the globe. Let me make one thing clear; a long flight is not the same, as a flight which you perceive as long. Spanning over 15 hours, these flights make you wonder why you boarded the flight, and makes you think, that you would be happier if you could just take a parachute and jump out!

All those who think I am exaggerating, do not know how what it feels to have a pain in the neck, a numb bottom, swollen feet, lack of sleep, a stiff back, risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), extreme boredom, and a very bad headache, all at the same time!

How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

A long haul flight may be tiring and frustrating, but if you want to reach the other end of the globe in a day, then it’s the best option. If you prepare well, then you may not have a very bad experience on a long flight. Here are a few tips that will make such a long flight a bit easier for you:

When to Travel

A long haul flight may seem worse, if the flight is crowded. I advise you to consult a good travel agent, before you finalize your travel plan. He will suggest you the flight which you should board, and tell you the best time to book flights, so that you do not find the flight completely packed. Traveling in the peak season, would not be such a great idea, unless you like a fully crowded flight.

The Right Seat

If you have an uncomfortable seat, you are doomed! So, it is very important that you book the right seat. If you have a bladder problem, then you should definitely opt for an aisle seat. If you just want to avoid any disturbance from people walking in the aisle, then the window seat will be the best for you. If you are traveling with your kids, then go for bulkhead seats. There are various websites that will help you choose the right seat, so do visit them before you book the tickets. If you are flying first class, then half of your problems are solved!

Comfortable Clothes

Do not wear tight clothes! The most valuable thing on a long flight is comfort, wearing tight clothes which do not allow your body to breathe, could make the flight a nightmare for you. I recommend you to wear loose clothes, and do carry a pair of socks, and your footwear should be easy to remove.

Things to Carry

It is important to carry all the little things that have the potential to increase your comfort. You can easily get a travel kit in the market which has all the essentials (a neck pillow, eye masks etc.), and do not forget to carry your iPod fully loaded with all your favorite songs, some classic novels, your favorite television series, and also carry all blockbuster movies that you can think of. Avoid the temptation to carry extra luggage on your flight, or you will have to compete with your luggage for space. With every extra bag that you carry, you are reducing your seating area, and trust me, you will end up regretting the extra luggage!

Ways to Spend Time

If you have packed the right things, then you will definitely have means to kill your time. Do not start listening to songs immediately, you do not want to read the sign “battery low”, when you need your iPod the most, right? Keep snacking and watching movies at regular intervals. If you are someone who always wondered which is better, Friends or How I Met Your Mother, this is probably the best time to decide, watch both of them back-to-back! Finish one or two books if you have the patience to read so much. Walk through the aisles, and interact with people, if you are lucky, you might find someone interesting. You can also work if you wish to. Apart from all of these, the best way to spend time is, sleep!

Things to Remember

  • Secure your luggage, wallet, etc.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Regulate alcohol, and caffeine intake.

Frequent fliers have the privilege of upgrades. If you can get upgrades, go for it! Upgrades are the best way to make your long haul flight better. Happy journey!

Travel Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

Travelling in pregnancy may not be a very enjoyable experience for most. However, it does not necessarily have to be a bad experience. Thousands of pregnant women travel via air every year and majority of them are able to avoid any kind of untoward accident. Appropriate knowledge and some carefulness is perhaps the prerequisite for a safe journey. Here are some useful tips to be kept in mind to ensure the safety of the pregnant women during air travel.

Consult the gynaecologist – Before planning a travel and booking airline tickets, consult a good gynaecologist to know whether you are fit to travel or not.

Book Direct Flights– Direct flights are always convenient for pregnant passengers as it saves them from the trouble of changing the aircraft repeatedly. Though airlines tickets for direct flights are comparatively expensive but the convenience they bestow is worth the money spent.

Book Best Seats in Advance– Plan you travel well in advance to make the best bookings possible. Compare flights and air ticket costs and then make online air tickets booking to reserve the seats available with extra legroom space.

Restrictions on Pregnant Travellers – Many airlines put certain restrictions on the travelling of the pregnant women during the late days of their pregnancy. For this, the airlines go through several medical aspects of the pregnant travellers including their due delivery date, number of babies mother is expecting, health issues, etc. For instance, pregnant ladies who book air tickets to Indiawith British Airways will face no travel restrictions up to the 36th week of pregnancy, provided the passenger is not expecting multiple births.

Packing– Pack loose and comfortable clothes to stay calm and relaxed during your holidays. Keeping a pair of comfortable and light shoes is also highly recommended as it can make your travel experience relaxing and stress-free.

Reach Airport Early– Reach airport early to avoid last minute rush as any sort of rush can make pregnant passengers feel stressful and uneasy.

If you need assistance from your personal helper till the entrance, you may collect an pass from the airport service desk.

Avoid Dehydration– Dehydration can be really bad for pregnant ladies during air travel. Try to consume sufficient amount of water to relish a comfortable travel experience. You may also carry your own water bottle to sip water at regular intervals of time.

Flight Safety – To ensure safety on the flight, keep your seat belts fastened all the time. Use handrails or seat backs to stand and move inside the aircraft. The flight attendants must be told about the presence of the pregnant traveller in the flight in advance so that they may pay extra attention to the traveller.

Finding The Safest Transportation for People With Frail Health

For most people who are not too healthy or suffer from chronic ailments, travelling is one a cumbersome exercise that requires much effort and strength. Despite the enhanced level of comfort that most modern transportation systems provide, many such people avoid travelling unless it is absolutely necessary. Even then they remain in perpetual fear of arriving at their destination safe and sound. For such people air travel presents the most viable transportation option as it not only minimizes the travelling time but also ensures the safest and most comfortable journey. With flyers such as Kulula Airlines offering cheap air travel facilities, people can travel to various destinations in South Africa in safe and stress free manner.

 The flyer is well known for its commitment towards ensuring maximum comfort and safety of its passengers. The in-flight staff takes special care of passengers who inform them about their health problems at the time of boarding. It is therefore advisable for the passengers suffering from frail health to inform the stewardesses on their Kulula flight about any special needs they might have to ensure a comfortable and hassle free travel experience. However, it is also the responsibility of the passengers to ensure that they carry all the necessary medication and other things that they might need during the journey to remain fit and healthy.

Kulula is one of the renowned cheap flyers offering its services across diverse routes in South Africa. Despite providing affordable tickets to the passengers, the airline does not compromise their comfort in any manner. Like with most other flyers, users can provide their preference of seat during Kulula flight bookings and airline takes any requests made by ailing passengers quite seriously. In fact the staff of Kulula airlines can actually assist the passengers even upon reaching the destination to get through security checkout and other formalities in a hassle free manner.

Such assistance is provided to passengers across all Kulula flights, including any Kulula specials that might be operated on specific routes. Whether a passenger is bed ridden, wheelchair bound or suffering from a chronic disease, the flyer makes every effort to ensure that unwell passengers do not face any discomfort or stress during their in air journey. From the time of boarding the flight to the time they reach their destination, ailing passengers are handled in the most delicate and pleasing manner and their slightest wishes are attended to in a quick and satisfactory manner.

Over the years, Kulula has emerged as one of the most reliable and efficient low cost flyers offering its facilities for both domestic and international passengers in South Africa. It has time and again proven that comfortable and safe travel does not necessarily cost a fortune. It well maintained fleet of aircrafts and well trained in-flight staff ensures minimum delays and inconvenience to the passengers. That is why the flyer has become the first choice of people who need to travel to different destinations across the country even when they are not in the best of their health.