Posted by Office of Public Affairs
During this busy holiday travel season, there are various resources on the FAA’s and DOT’s websites that will help make your flight safer, smoother, and more enjoyable.
Know Before You Go.
Before going to the airport, always check your airport status and delays. The FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center offers real-time flight delay information at many of the largest airports.
To answer that question, the FAA has advice that will help you pack your bags with safety in mind.
Passengers may not realize that a number of everyday toiletry and electronic items they may pack in their baggage may be considered hazardous material when they’re carried on a plane. E-cigarettes (vaping devices), spare batteries for your electronics, nail polish, hair spray, and other common items are hazardous.
The FAA recommends that passengers carry their portable electronic devices in their carry-on bags whenever possible, instead of in checked luggage. The FAA forbids spare lithium batteries and e-cigarettes in your carry-on luggage. They are always forbidden in checked baggage.
The Department of Transportation is a terrific resource for those with disabilities and others who require accommodations while flying. Of course, our little ones are our most precious jet setters, and the FAA’s got them covered with information ranging from child restraint systems to general tips for those flying with children.
DOT’s airline consumer website is a wonderful resource to help air travelers understand their rights.
The website highlights the issues of greatest concern to consumers:
- Tarmac Delays
- Flight Delays and Cancellations
- Flying with a Disability
- Passengers’ Right to Fly Free from Discrimination
- How to File a Consumer Complaint
After You Leave the Gate
Always listen to the instructions of the flight attendants and pilots. They are trained in the proper safety procedures for a variety of scenarios and their mission is to keep you safe. If you must evacuate the plane for any reason, leave your belongings behind. Trying to bring them with you can endanger yourself and others.
For more resources on how to make your flight safer, smoother, and more enjoyable, check out the FAA’s Flying Safe site.
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