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What is the Safest Seat in an Airplane?

When it comes to commercial aircraft, there generally isn’t any one seat that’s safer than the others.  In serious planes accidents that result in major injuries and even fatalities, seating placement on the plane didn’t correlate to higher safety or injury rates.  So many other factors depended on the severity of the accident.

Which Type of Aircraft Should I Try To Book?

Again, generally speaking there is not one commercial plane model that is safer than any other since each has to adhere to strict guidelines mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  When it’s discovered that there is an issue or safety concern with a particular model (often as the result of a tragic accident or crash), the FAA often investigates and issues new regulations for the model in question.

What Steps Can I Take To Prepare Myself?

The best way to prepare for an emergency (although highly unlikely) is to simply pay attention when the flight attendants put on the safety demonstration.  Know where the exits are and always listen to and follow the instructions of flight personnel.  Most importantly, always remain calm no matter what.

How Frequently Do Planes Crash?

Recent technology such as smoke detectors (which were required starting in the 1980s) and an electrical circuit test that can detect faulty wiring have made flying commercially even safer than in past years.  In fact, your chances of being in a car accident are far higher than being in a commercial crash considering thousands of flights takeoff and land every day without any serious crashes.

Who Regulates the Commercial Air Travel Industry?

As mentioned previously, the FAA is in charge of airline safety in the United States and regulates and enforces safety regulations.  They often work in tandem with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after a particularly severe accident to investigate and change regulations if needed.



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