The word "hijack" has the power to conjure a sense of immediate fear in our hearts. There have been innumerable reports of flight hijacking around the world and not to mention, flight attendants have time and again played a surpassing role in saving the lives of passengers. We can never forget the commendable courage of Neerja who gave her life saving passengers on Pan Am Flight 73 which was hijacked by terrorists during a stopover in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986.
The most dangerous thing about terrorism is the over-reaction to it.
Terrorist expertise themselves by spreading fear and if you are participating in it then you are promoting their propaganda.
Flight hijacking presents terrorists with a noticeable method of obtaining attention for their cause. The importance of aeroplanes as symbols of commerce and freedom makes them effective as prime targets.
Hijacking is widely considered an act of terrorism because it can seriously threaten the lives. It often treated as an extremely serious crime.
Hijackings mostly involve the plane landing at a specific destination.
Pilots and crew members are well trained to adopt common strategy tactics. It teaches crew members to comply with the demands of hijackers.
Crew members should advise passengers to sit quietly in order to increase their chances of survival. They were also instructed not to make any fearless moves that could jeopardise themselves or other people.
But there are standards you have to follow to secure the situation being a flight attendant:
1. Follow the leads.
The first important measure in this situation is to follow the protocols.
As a cabin crew member, you will be provided with training to deal with a hijacking.
In general, as cabin crew, you are responsible for the safety and well being of your passengers. In the event of a hijacking, your job is to liaise between the perpetrators and the passengers.
2. Maintain locked flight deck door.
After the events of 9-11 the air transport industry, regulators and airlines, in particular, have established a range of physical and procedural defences to prevent such acts.
Maintaining access to the flight deck is a part of the process of ensuring that control of an aircraft can be maintained.
During the flight, the door should remain locked unless there is a particular reason to open it and it should remain open only long enough for someone to pass through it.
3. Communicate with other crew members.
Self-decision leads to destruction take it when you know about the consequences. Proper communication with your crew will help you in sorting out a decision. Listen, think and take action according to it.
4. Control cabin and reassure passengers.
Passengers are not trained to handle this situation but you are, so make them feel comfortable and provide assurance.
In this hectic situation, many passengers lose their trust and faith and start to tremble which makes the situation more dangerous.
5. Comply with the demands of hijackers unless the safety of passengers and aircraft is threatened.
The last and most crucial decision of a cabin crew is to comply with the demands of hijackers because the duty of cabin crew is not just about serving food it's about saving lives at thirty thousand feet.
So, these are the five most basic and important standards every flight attendant should follow to make their flight safe and secure.
The information mentioned above based on cabin crew duties specified by European union aviation safety agency.
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