November 20–The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is encouraging travelers to take an active role in aviation safety when they fly this holiday season. Travelers can make their flight even safer by taking a few minutes to follow these guidelines:
- Pay attention to the flight attendant safety briefing at the beginning of your flight and read the safety briefing card.
- Buckle up. Keep yourself and your family safe by wearing a seat belt at all times while seated.
- Use an approved child safety seat or device if your child weighs less than 40 pounds.
- Prevent in-flight injuries by following your airline’s carry-on bag restrictions.
The FAA is also working to help passengers by reducing flight delays during the long Thanksgiving weekend. A partnership between the FAA and the Department of Defense will once again allow commercial aircraft to use airspace normally reserved for the military. The agreement opens airspace during one of the busiest travel periods of the year in certain parts of the country, particularly off the east coast from Maine to Florida above 24,000 feet. This will ease congestion during a holiday weekend when nationwide traffic is expected to be up 10 percent when compared to regular travel days.
Passengers can find child safety information and the latest on airport status and delays at www.faa.gov/passengers.