1. Before you are flying
Before booking a flight, a lot of people want to know if the airline
they are going to fly with is a safe one.
However it's very difficult to say if an airline is 'safe' or 'unsafe' just by looking at fatal accident statistics. Thus, a ranking of airlines by for example fatalities per passengerkilometer flown does not say anything about the safety of the airlines listed. Apart from the fact that there are, luckily, too few fatal accidents to serve as a basis for reliable statistics, safety not always depend on the airline itself. Other factors could include the environment an airline operates in (mountainous terrain or frequent storms) and factors like airport security in cases of hijackings, bombing attempts etc.
If you want to check if an airline has lost any aircraft in accidents, you can also check out the ASN Safety Database's airline index
Safety assessment of airlines and countries
See ASN's safety assessment page
» Aviation Consumer Protection Division (ACPD): Public Charter Flights
» The Air Travel Consumer Report
- monthly report on flight delays, mishandled baggage, oversales and consumer complaints of US airlines.
2. During the flight
On board the aircraft there are some things you have to remember, a.o. to:
- Pay attention to the flightcrew safety demonstration/video
- Carefully read the safety briefing card
- Know where the nearest emergency exit is and know how to open it in case of emergency (refer to the safety briefing card).
- Always keep your seatbelt fastened when in your seat (Clear Air Turbulence can be unexpected and can cause serious injuries)