Knowing what to do in an emergency could be the difference between life and death for you and
your family. The safety briefing and the safety information card provided near your seat give vital
information on the location of exits and emergency equipment. As this can vary from one aircraft
type to another, it is important to pay attention to the safety briefing and read the safety card
each time you fly. You should check the location of your nearest emergency exit which may be behind
you. Safety equipment will typically include life jackets, oxygen masks, seat belts/harnesses and
The safety briefing will typically include information on the use of portable electronic
devices, storage of hand baggage and the need for your seat to be in the upright position with the
tray table stowed during take-off and landing.
You are recommended to keep your belt fastened throughout the flight, and must do so whenever
the "seat belt" sign is on (during taxi, take-off, landing and during turbulence). You should
adjust your belt so that it is tight but comfortable with the buckle the right way round so that it
can be released easily. If you have a blanket over your lap and are likely to fall asleep, it is
recommended that you fasten the seat belt over the blanket so cabin crew can see you have the belt
fastened. After landing, you must wait until the "seat belt" sign goes off before undoing your belt
at the end of the flight.
Some UK airlines now allow passengers to use electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and
e-readers, during the entire duration of a flight. These airlines have conducted safety tests to
ensure electronic gadgets do not adversely affect their aircraft. Currently, all electronic devices
must remain in Flight Mode when switched on unless passengers are advised otherwise by cabin
A number of international airlines have equipped some of their aircraft to also allow mobile
phone voice calls and texts in-flight. Other aircraft also have WiFi installed, allowing passengers
to browse the web. However, the situation will vary from one airline to another. Passengers will
always be instructed by cabin crew as to exactly what electronic devices can be used, and in what
mode, at the beginning of a flight. If in any doubt, always check with a member of cabin crew,
before using a device.
Most airlines also publish details about travelling with portable electronic devices on their
websites, as well as in their in-flight magazines.
UK airlines do not permit smoking on board therefore the ‘no smoking’ signs will remain on
throughout the flight.
Passengers are not permitted to smoke in toilets and these are fitted with smoke detectors.
Tampering with an aircraft smoke detector is a serious offence and may lead to prosecution.
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