When Flying

Be Aware of Your Surroundings The next time you are in an airport or on an aircraft, take notice of your surroundings, especially of activities or situations that do not appear to be normal.

Report Unusual Activity If you see anything in the airport or on an aircraft that looks out of place or otherwise inappropriate such as unusual behavior or potential security violations, inform either a law enforcement representative or someone in authority.

Make No Assumptions About Who May Pose a ThreatIf someone is intent on perpetrating violent acts against the air transport system, that person can be of any age, gender, or nationality. You should not assume that any particular type of person is likely to do harm simply because of outward appearances.

Stay Away from Suspicious Circumstances If you encounter a potential hazard in the airport, move away from the situation before contacting someone in authority. If necessary, warn others in the vicinity. Examples of potential hazards include unaccompanied packages, suspicious behavior, or an unusual commotion.

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Keep you’re Seat Belt Fastened while you are seated.Keeping the belt on when you are seated provides that extra protection you might need if the plane hits unexpected turbulence of if the aircraft is put through unusual maneuvers.

Listen to the Flight AttendantsThe primary reason flight attendants are on an aircraft is for safety, so if there is any kind of emergency or potential emergency situation, look to the flight attendants for guidance.

Become Familiar with Your AircraftWhen you are first seated, review the written safety instructions, count the number of rows to the nearest exits and check to see if there are seatback telephones available.

Remember the Basic Rules for Wireless DevicesIn the U.S., cell phones, pagers, and other wireless communications devices may be used until the passenger entry doors are closed prior to takeoff. Do not use these devices for routine communications until the passenger doors are opened at the end of the flight. Rules vary around the world, so check with your airline if you are not sure.

Have a Plan for the Emergency Use of a Wireless DeviceIn the event of an in-flight emergency, you should take stock of the situation before using any communications device, including the aircraft’s seatback telephones. If the situation calls for it, use your cell phone or other personal wireless device to contact someone who can help and have critical phone numbers available before you travel.

Work As A TeamIf the situation on the aircraft has the potential for danger, it is usually better to share information with crew members and the other passengers and to work together. Individual action, either during a normal emergency or during a hijack or other deliberate threat to the aircraft, is usually much less effective than a coordinated group action.