Travel Safety Update.For more safety & security data and analysis, please go to: http://www.airguideonline.com/professional.htm May 22, 2006
DVT See deep vein thrombosis. is not a danger to air travelers according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. two influential studies. Researchers simulating conditions of reduced cabin pressure and reduced oxygen levels such as may be encountered during an 8-hour aeroplane flight, found no increase in the activation of the blood clotting blood clotting, process by which the blood coagulates to form solid masses, or clots. In minor injuries, small oval bodies called platelets, or thrombocytes, tend to collect and form plugs in blood vessel openings. system among healthy individuals, according to a study in the May 17 issue of JAMA JAMA
Journal of the American Medical Association (Journal of the American Association). In the UK a study by the University of Leicester's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and University of Aberdeen's School of Medicine has come to the same conclusion. Also involved was the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine at Henlow in Bedfordshire and the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam. This study was funded by the UK Department for Transport, the UK Department of Health and the European Commission. May 21, 2006
Airplane environment does not cause blood clots Blood Clots Definition
A blood clot is a thickened mass in the blood formed by tiny substances called platelets. Clots form to stop bleeding, such as at the site of cut. , study says. A team of researchers has found that the thin air inside airplanes does not trigger blood clots. The researchers took blood samples from volunteers who sat in a chamber that simulated an airliner environment and then in a chamber at ground level. May 17, 2006
FAA proposal overstates risk of explosion, European carriers say. European carriers and jetmaker Airbus say that the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control overstates the risk of a fuel tank explosion in a proposed rule on fuel-tank safety. Airbus and the carriers also say the new measures could put more fuel-tank maintenance workers at risk. The FAA has proposed new "flammability reduction" methods. May 16, 2006
US National Transportation Safety Board will hold a two-day public hearing into the Southwest Airlines runway overrun accident at Chicago Midway last December beginning June 20 in Washington. May 16, 2006
Airlines, airports continue close coordination with agencies on pandemic pandemic /pan·dem·ic/ (pan-dem´ik)
1. a widespread epidemic of a disease.
2. widely epidemic.
Epidemic over a wide geographic area.
n. planning. Airlines and airports continue to work closely with the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the cabinet-level department of the Executive Branch of the federal government most involved with the health, safety, and welfare of the U.S. population. in the event of an avian flu outbreak Avian flu outbreak may refer to an infection in:
FAA says thunderstorms thunderstorms
a storm characterized by thunder and lightning caused by strong rising air currents; identified as agents of animal disease because of their involvement causing (1) spasmodic colic; (2) lightning strike; (3) injuries of cattle acquired in stampedes initiated by storms. could affect summer travel. Federal Aviation Administration officials said severe thunderstorms could affect summer travel. In the past, the FAA has dealt with poor weather by keeping planes at small airports on the ground while large airports clear away backed up traffic. "It's a plan and an approach that for the last two years has worked well with big airports and I think we're going to see us expanding that," FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said. May 15, 2006
New technology may reduce delays, diversions. The FAA has started operating new flight paths that could reduce the number of delayed and canceled flights. The paths are the result of new technology that allows planes to take off and land in bad weather. "We think it will be more predictable and more flexible," said Air Transport Association Vice President Basil Barimo. May 15, 2006
Lufthansa 747-400 collapsed onto its nose at Frankfurt Monday when the nose gear gave way. A spokesperson said that the airline is investigating the incident, which occurred shortly before the aircraft was scheduled for pushback push·back
1. A device or mechanism that affords movement of another object backwards: the pushback on a subway door.
2. Forced movement of troops back from the line. for a flight to New Delhi. None of the 242 passengers and 16 crewmembers onboard was reported injured. The 747 was delivered to LH in 2001, according to Reuters. May 17, 2006
ValuJet tragedy prompts important safety changes. The crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in 1996 prompted several important safety changes. Soon after the crash, which occurred 10 years ago today, the Federal Aviation Administration banned oxygen generators in commercial flight cargo holds and mandated fire detection and suppression systems for cargo areas. May 15, 2006
Virgin Atlantic Airlines
Virgin to carry life-saving technology. Virgin Atlantic will be introducing Tempus, the telemedicine device designed for use by non-medical experts during a remote medical emergency, onto its aircraft. May 16, 2006
WTO See World Trade Organization.
WTO, health agencies recommend preventive flu virus measures. The World Tourism Organization's newly formed Travel Emergency Response Network seeks to coordinate planning for travel companies around the globe if a bird flu bird flu: see influenza.
or avian influenza
viral respiratory disease, mainly of birds including poultry and waterbirds but also transmissible to humans. pandemic occurs. "The magic word here is 'preparedness,'" said Geoffrey Lipman, special adviser on avian flu to the secretary general of the U.N.-affiliated World Tourism Organization. May 16, 2006