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Turbulence: Protect Yourself

Date: April 27, 2023

Seasonal changes can bring about weather-related turbulence. A reminder of the issues that result from turbulence is timely. 

On every flight, safety is our top priority and turbulence is an occupational hazard that we take very seriously. To minimize injuries caused in turbulence, always stow all but necessary service components such as coffee pots, glass bottles and especially carts, when the service is completed. Diligent use of cart housing, tie downs and latches will also prevent a safety hazard. At no time should carts block access to jumpseats, which might prevent you from securing yourself should an immediate need arise. 

Remember, it may not always be possible to receive warning of turbulence or be able to return to a jumpseat when turbulence hits. If you believe that conditions are unsafe, do not wait for an announcement from the Captain or Purser to protect yourself. Immediately take your seat and secure yourself.

Our eFAOM, covers the precautions we should take during turbulence. 

  • If turbulence is forecast for “moderate” or greater turbulence or when there is an immediate need for Flight Attendants to secure themselves into their jumpseats, the Pilots will make an announcement stating, “Flight Attendants be seated immediately.” Immediately stop the service, drop everything, secure yourself and hold on. If you are not near a seat, sit down, where you are, and hold on. 
  • If turbulence continues through the prepare for landing announcement, and the Captain has not advised that it is safe to resume duties, immediately advise the cockpit if the cabin and galley are not secured for landing and seek direction on the actions that should be taken. This could include using the PA to require passengers comply with final cabin preparations from your jumpseat. 
  • If you are unable to assume your assigned jumpseat, be sure to do your silent review for the jumpseat you are occupying. If able, contact the remaining crew to advise that you are not in your assigned jumpseat for landing and file an ISAP.

When it comes to cabin safety, place yourself and your crew members first. During the flight, work on trash management and keeping the galleys tidy. By doing so, we lessen the likelihood of encountering adverse conditions as we reach lower elevations and avoid the risk of injury. Through these efforts we fulfill our duties as safety professionals and ensure safety not only for oneself but for the passengers in our care.

We strongly recommend you review the Turbulence Action Guide located in the SOP section of the eFAOM. For additional information please visit our Safety, Health and Security page located on our website.

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