03 February 2015
Passenger peace of mind with airline safety reviews
To some, boarding a plane is a very nerve wracking experience. Understandably, as a result of a few recent tragic air disasters, people are particularly concerned.
However, airlines do take a number of safety precautions. For example, airline staff members have a duty to provide passengers with a safety presentation before take-off and all passengers are provided with a safety information card which explains what you should do in a range of emergencies.
To add extra peace of mind, websites such as AirlineRatings are dedicated to reviewing the airline safety of more than 435 airlines around the world. Passengers, whether first time flyers or frequent flyers, can review the safety ratings of airlines before choosing an airline to fly with.
There are many airlines that have rigorous safety procedures and in a recent survey conducted by JACDEC, another website dedicated to documenting airline safety, the airlines that ranked highest for safety in 2014 were Air New Zealand at number 1, followed by Cathay Pacific Airways at 2, with Finnair at number 3.
British Airways came in at number 6 whereas Qantas rated at number 10. Out of the 60 listings the three at the bottom were China Airlines at 58, Vietnam Airlines at 59, with Lion Air at number 60.
So far in 2015, JACDEC has ranked the top 3 airlines for safety as Cathay Pacific Airways at number 1, Emirates is currently number 2, and EVA Air sits at number 3.
Before you book tickets for your flight, as well as checking airline safety, you should also check that the airline is legitimate and there have not been any adverse stories regarding the airlines customer service. This is because if you were injured and needed to make a travel claim, it may be that the process is a lot longer than normal, adding further unnecessary trauma to the original injury.
At Slater and Gordon, we have personal injury lawyers who specialise in travel law claims across the UK. If you or a member of your family were injured in an accident whilst travelling on commercial or public transport contact us here and we'll be happy to help you.