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Flying is one of the safest forms of transport known to a man so the most important duties of cabin crew members are those concerning the safety of passengers. Therefore it’s out of the question and stands to reason that all cabin attendants should be practically well trained in order to carry out / execute their duties efficiently in the event of emergency landing or ditching. It makes no difference what the emergency is. It may be minor, such as malfunction of an oven or the more serious form of unscheduled decompression. That’s why needless to say any cabin personnel must know what life saving consists of (includes/contains), where it’s located or stowed, how to use it and how to evacuate the passengers when the aircraft executes (carries out/makes) forced landing or ditching.

As far as I know safety equipment on board the plane includes

· individual life-vests/jackets,

· oxygen masks,

· inflatable escape chutes/slides

· and non-flatable slides,

· safety cords or escape ropes,

· a crash axe,

· fire extinguishers,

· rescue rafts and dinghy.

It’s beyond any question the equipment is to be used only on the order of the Commanding Officer.

Every time before the aircraft takes off CAs read the information concerning safety on board the plane. One of them reads it, others show the passengers where emergency exits are, how to use oxygen masks in the event of decompression and a typical life vest in case of ditching.

In line with / According to International requirements for transoceanic flights passengers should know some rules of safety. Therefore we CAs always read the announcement/information and demonstrate how to use a life-vest before the plane is passing over a sea or an ocean. Each individual life-vest is stowed in a bag under a folding seat cushion and must be inflated outside the aircraft. A typical life-vest consists of the outside carbonic acid gas cylinder, two long tapes, which are to be passed around the passenger’s waist, crossed, returned and tired under the life-vest; the red or white knob at the foot to inflate the life-vest; mouthpieces (tubes) for additional inflation, the lamp (which is automatically lit by pulling the cord of the battery) to signalat night in water and the mouth whistle to transfercalling in poor visibility. In case of ditching rescue rafts must be used, which are located in the overhead bins and enough to accommodate 30-50 passengers. They are also equipped with maximum safety and comfort.

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