Don’t Use the Bathroom When the Seatbelt Sign is On
Tuesday’s tip was to check out turbulence forecast maps before or while you fly to get an idea of if and when your flight will be turbulent. These forecasts are especially helpful when you have access to inflight Wi-Fi, as more current data can help you anticipate when the seatbelt sign will go on—and more importantly, when you need to use the loo.
What I failed to mention Tuesday was that you shouldn’t use the bathroom when the seatbelt sign is on. I know it’s a no-brainer, but there’s a reason airlines try to enforce this policy. Usually, the light goes on because there’s rough air or the captain or first officer could be using the bathroom. It’s really disturbing to see passengers get up when the pilot makes an announcement that there’s rough air ahead and asks the flight attendants to be seated.
I have no idea what these people are thinking—getting up like they’re immune to turbulence (and safety rules—but think about your fellow seatmates. If you’re out of your seat the plane drops (as it can in not even extreme turbulence), you’re going to go flying—and not only are you going to get hurt but so will the person/people you land on.
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