FAA, AFA Team Up For Passenger Safety

May 26, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM EDT

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FAA, AFA Team Up For Passenger Safety

May 26, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 9:22 PM EDT

Washington D.C. (WKBW release) -- As the summer travel season begins, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt and Association of Flight Attendants International President Veda Shook this week outlined a series of safety tips for air travelers of all ages to keep in mind when they board an airplane.

“Millions of people will take to the skies this summer, and we are doing everything we can to keep air travelers as safe as possible,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Passengers can help us by taking a few simple steps to keep themselves and their loved ones safe."

“We’re calling on passengers to take an active role in aviation safety,” said Administrator Babbitt. “We are committed to safety and we are asking every passenger to take just a few minutes to follow our safety tips and, most importantly, pay attention to your flight and cabin crews.”

Travelers can make their flight even safer by following 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 you 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 restrictions.
* When it’s time, turn off your personal electronic device.

"As first responders in the cabin, a flight attendant’s foremost responsibility is to help protect the safety and security of our passengers. Through comprehensive training and extensive experience, flight attendants are well equipped to ensure passengers arrive at their destination safely and securely,” said Shook.