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Safety Checks & Doors – Stop, Drop & Review

Date: July 10, 2019


MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

In last week’s edition of E-lines we discussed how Rushing & Distraction Have No Place During Cabin Door Operations.Today, we remind everyone of the importance of completing a proper preflight safety check utilizing – Stop, Drop & Review as a key component.

It is a Federal Air Regulation (FAR) requirement that Flight Attendants complete preflight safety checks prior to door closure. DO NOT allow anyone to rush you into door closure until you have completed a thorough pre-flight safety check – especially if you are on an unfamiliar aircraft.

When accomplishing your preflight checks, we recommend using your eFAOM>SOP>Preflight Safety Responsibilities, and your aircraft assignment tables. Your safety checks include but are not limited to: 

·      review of jump seat operation,

·      location of decompression oxygen, 

·      a preflight of your assigned door(s), 

·      a review of emergency switches, 

·      a review of emergency equipment in your assigned area, 

·      lavatory and/or galley checks, 

·      operation of the PA system, 

·      safety demo equipment, and

·      inflight video equipment operation (if applicable). 


As you know, the list of items we are required to check as part of our pre-flight responsibilities has many items to check in a limited period of time.  Your MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee as well as your MEC Officers strongly recommend that you use your Link as a reference.  This will ensure no items are overlooked. 

With all of the distractions, this is also the time to take an extra look at your door and to become familiar with its operation. 

Use all of the resources available to you – especially if you are flying on a new aircraft or an aircraft configuration with which you are unfamiliar. STOP, DROP, and REVIEW are not just words, they are an in the moment action that requires your being present and singularly focused. 

For additional information contact your Local Safety, Health and Security Committee

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