IATA Publishes Cabin-Safety Guide
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently published its best-practices guide on aircraft cabin safety to offer suggestions on normal, abnormal and emergency policies and procedures that can be adapted to a variety of operational environments. The guide was created through interaction with aircraft manufacturers and a broad group of other stakeholders through an analysis of worldwide safety trends. During 2012, IATA worked on specific topics that emerged as recurring concerns to operators, including unruly passengers, dangerous goods, lithium batteries and electronic cigarettes in the cabin, and mitigating a laser illumination in the passenger cabin, as well as turbulence management and inadvertent slide deployment prevention. The new guide also includes proactive data collection and incident prevention activities surrounding cabin design and operation, equipment, procedures, crew training, human performance and passenger management. The guidelines are not intended to replace or to contradict any current state regulations or the IATA operational safety audit.