What to do when emergencies occur on an airplane
There are a lot of things that can happen while you are on board. Most people have nightmares about stinky feet stuck in walkways or dirty toilets. However, you would be surprised how many people have no idea what to do when an emergency occurs on an airplane.
Recently, an American Airlines flight departing from North Carolina experienced a decompression issue while in the air. Although the plane landed safely, the incident left fliers terrified. Now, many travelers are wondering what they should do if a similar incident occurs on their next trip.
Here are some tips on what to do if an emergency occurs on an airplane.
Cabin pressure compromised
Airplanes travel at very high altitudes, so cabin pressure must remain constant throughout the flight. When this doesn’t happen, things can get dangerous.
“Anytime the cabin pressure drops, we have to get down as quickly as we can because there’s no oxygen up there,” Lisa Cannon, a former Air Force pilot who now flies for Delta, told The Points Guy. “We are trained for this.”
Flight attendants and pilots are trained on what to do if cabin pressure fluctuates during flight. A severe drop in oxygen levels, known as rapid decompression, can cause occupants to lose consciousness, lose consciousness, and suffer from impaired judgment. Airlines call it “meaningful awareness time.” Once the plane reaches 35,000 people, passengers have about 30 seconds to put on their oxygen masks before they pass out.
The idea of low cabin pressure is an excellent reason to pay attention during an aviation safety tutorial before the aircraft takes off. The hosts will show you where the oxygen masks are located as well as how to wear them. To restore stable pressure, the pilot will descend the aircraft to below 10,000 feet.
Medical emergencies on planes can be difficult. There is limited access to medications and there is no guarantee that a doctor will be on board. Many travelers feel panic during these situations.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all US airlines are required to have emergency medical equipment on board. These kits will include things like aspirin, IV starters, blood pressure medications, supplemental oxygen, and more that can be found on board. If you find yourself or someone traveling with you experiencing a medical emergency, contact a flight attendant immediately.
Fire on board
Air travel is not exempt from emergency situations. There have been many strange incidents that have occurred on planes. From crazy passengers trying to open the door while in the air to cockpit fires, boarding a plane can be one of the wildest experiences.
If by chance a fire breaks out in the plane, begin preparing for an immediate landing. This means raising the table, putting the seat back upright, and fastening your seat belt. The pilot will land the plane and emergency service will be waiting for passengers upon their arrival.
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