Worried about your next airplane trip? Airline passengers have a lot to deal with already and the anxiety of flying is not fun to have to live through. There are a lot of suggestions we can make though to help minimize the hassle of airline safety. Here’s an airplane safety guide with twelve helpful pointers:

1. Pay Attention to the Pre-Flight Briefing

The airplane safety guide in the pre-flight briefing may be repetitive but it’s worth a review any time you enter an airplane. Emergency exit locations could be different, you may want to remind yourself of safety positions in the event of an emergency landing, and other safety practices are worth hearing.

2. Dress Comfortably

The best clothing to wear on a flight is anything comfy in case you need to move quick. For women, skirts and stockings should be avoided. Jeans and slacks are far better. No heels. Wear loafers or something that will help you move. Although it’s unlikely an event will occur that threatens your safety wherein you need to leave your seat but if it does, you’ll be ready.

3. No Heavy Items in Overhead Storage

Know those overhead storage bins? They’re not necessarily meant for extremely heavy objects. During turbulence, this can be a major hazard. If you have to have help lifting an article into the bin, it probably should be stored elsewhere. If a heavy bag is right above you, try to politely change seats or ask for assistance in moving it.

4. Carry a ‘Run Kit’

A run kit has things you can’t replace and that you don’t want to lose in any emergency – your passport, wallet, cash, credit card, medication, some emergency contact number, or mobile phone. Keep this in your jacket pocket or somewhere close to you.

If you needed to leave everything behind in an evacuation scenario, a small run kit is what to take with you. In airplane evacuations, you sometimes have 90 seconds or less to act and you don’t want to get in the way of others by carrying too much with you. Have your essentials ready to go.

5. Fastened Seatbelt

Some people may feel like they’re ‘too cool for school’ and choose not to fasten their seatbelts during the recommended times. Don’t be that person. It’s safest to keep your seatbelt on, including any time while seated. This might be the protection you need to avoid an injury during turbulence and to keep you in one place.

6. If You’re Near the Exit Door

If you happen to be near the exit door, be aware of what is expected of you and listen to the airplane safety guide video provided pre-flight. When you sit in that seat, you’re agreeing to assist in getting passengers off the plane safely. In an emergency, you will be expected to act

7. Look to the Flight Attendant

When in doubt, look to the flight attendants. More than anything, flight attendants are there to assist with airplane safety. If you need help with fastening a seatbelt or have a safety question, they are the person to ask. If there’s turbulence or an event threatening your safety on an airplane, the flight attendant is the person to look to for leadership.

8. No Hazardous Materials

The list of hazardous materials you are not allowed on an airplane is long. The more obvious examples are gasoline, anything corrosive, poisonous gases, and other items. There are also less common items you may not expect to not be allowed to bring onto the airplane.

If someone advises you that you can’t bring something on, don’t argue. There’s a reason and the safety of the airplane should be respected. It could mean the difference between a successful or unsafe flight.

9. If Something Happens, Don’t Panic

If there’s an emergency, don’t panic. Do your best to keep your wits about yourself, follow the direction of the flight attendant or crew, and play your part. By remaining calm, you have the opportunity to keep others calm and to help in effectively remedying an unsafe or dangerous situation.

10. No Drink, No Drugs

Preferably, unless it’s really needed, you want to ensure you remain completely sober. If you are taking any anti-anxiety medications, it’s important to not take over the prescribed dosage. This way, you ensure you’re still conscious and ready to go in the event something happens.

Also, preferably you want to avoid any drinks. Any alcohol you consume will affect you more strongly in the air than on the ground. If you must drink, keep it to a minimum as best as you can.

11. Be aware of your electronics

If you’re traveling with a lot of electronic gadgets, a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or anything else, back up all your files and records to a separate hard drive. Keep in mind that you might need to shut off your electronics quickly on a moment’s notice, since you don’t want these electronics interfering with the aviation software.

In the event you need to exit the airplane in a rush, you don’t want to be grabbing for gadgets and either slowing things down and/or creating a hazard. Always be ready to leave with just what’s in front of you and if necessary, be prepared to leave those electronics behind.

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Mo is a seasoned traveller and an adventurous spirit who dreams of visiting every country around the world. When he's not travelling, you might find him writing and cataloguing about his recent trips.