For your safety, follow the instructions

<b>Window shades must be raised</b>

<b> during takeoff and landing.</b>

<b>Les stores des hublots doivent être relevés</b>

<b> pendant les phases de décollage et d’atterrissage. </b>

<b>Pour éviter les interférences</b>

<b> avec le contrôle aérien</b>

<b>, les téléphones portables doivent être éteints</b>

<b>To avoid interference with air-traffic control</b>

<b>, mobile phones must be turned off.</b>

<b>Le commandant de bord</b>

<b> commande l’équipage</b>

<b> avec lequel il a pour priorité absolue la sécurité et la sûreté du vol. </b>

<b>The captain is in charge of the crew</b>

<b> and together their absolutepriority is the safety and security of the flight.</b>

Depuis une altitude de 10 000 m, un avion de ligne peut planer sur 150 km.

From an altitude of 10,000 m, a passenger plane can glide 150 km.

Les PNC qui portent l’étiquette sécurité-safety ont reçu une formation spécifique liée à l’avion sur lequel ils sont en fonction.

Flight attendants wearing the “sécurité-safety” badge have received special training for the aircraft on which they work.

À bord des vols long-courriers, vidéo des consignes de sécurité chorégraphiées.

The video of choreographed safety annoucements aboard long-haul flights.

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Before takeoff, while cruising at altitude and during descent, passengers have to follow a string of safety instructions. Ever wondered why?

The safety of flights and passengers is Air France’s top priority. It is a daily imperative at every level of the airline, in every profession. The airline goes well beyond the regulatory safety requirements, implementing an increasing number of safety recommendations in aircraft maintenance as well as flight crew and cabin crew training and testing. Safety is a constant concern. Passengers are also required to abide by a certain number of rules on board. Flight attendants are responsible for ensuring that these safety regulations are applied throughout the flight. You may have wondered why certain rules are required inflight. Here are the answers to most frequently asked questions.

Some flight attendants wear a red badge in their jacket. What does it mean ?

All flight attendants hold the CSS (Certificat de Sécurité de Sauvetage) safety training certificate required by French airlines. Those wearing a red badge marked “sécurité-safety” are also specialized in the type of plane on which they work.

Why do mobile phones have to be turned of during taxiing, takeoff and landing ?

They have to be turned off so they don’t create interference for pilots communicating with air-traffic control, as happens when you put your phone near a radio. Their use is permitted while the plane is parked, before the doors are closed and during taxiing on arrival, as soon as the plane has left the runway.

Why must headphones be removed before takeoff and landing ?

Passengers must be able to hear the crew’s safety instructions perfectly in the event of an incident. A plane must be evacuated in 90 seconds.

Why do the window blinds have to be raised before takeoff and landing ? 

The cabin crew need to have perfect visibility of the exterior in the event of an incident.

Can an airline pilot fly different types of aircraft ?

Pilots are certified to fly one type of aircraft or several very similar aircraft such as the A330 and A340. At Air France, pilots shifting to a new aircraft undergo three months of training to familiarize themselves with the new model and new routes. Pilots are among the most highly trained and closely monitored professions.

Does the captain have police authority ?

The captain has a number of special authorizations including the power to disembark any person likely to jeopardize the safety of the flight, passengers or goods on board, and may even divert a flight if necessary as a result of a passenger’s unruly behavior.

How long can an airplane fly without its engines ?

A passenger jet is an excellent glider. From a cruising altitude of 10,000 meters, it can glide over 150 kilometers before making an emergency landing at an airfield.

Is it normal too see the wing tips bending in turbulence ?

Aircraft manufacturers design wing tips to be flexible so that they can absorb forces exercised on the airplane in flight.

It is therefore perfectly normal to observe the wing tips bending up and down in turbulence.

Why must seatbelts fastened even when there is no turbulence ?

No turbulence does not mean there is no danger. If the instruction to fasten seatbelts is given, it is because the pilot is avoiding a storm cell or zone of turbulence, which can be encountered in a cloudless sky.

Why are electronic cigarettes not allowed on board ?

In compliance with the recommendation of the IATA (International Air Transport Association), Air France does not allow electronic cigarettes.

Why are some pets allowed to travel out of their carriers ?

Guide dogs for passengers with limited mobility and the visually impaired as well as emotional support dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin, attached to the seat, out of their carrier and unmuzzled. This only applies to specially trained dogs. However, the dog’s owner must provide a medical certificate.

Staff training

Air France invests heavily in staff training to keep pace with constantly developing technologies and changing regulations. Because of flight safety standards, the budget devoted by Air France to staff training is twice that of an equivalent corporation. Every year it provides 180,124 hours of training and testing for its 3,968 pilots and 155,814 hours for its 14,350 flight attendants. Both professions also undergo thorough medical examinations.


“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have just performed a go-around.” Hearing an announcement like this can come as a bit of a surprise, but rest assured: an aborted approach or landing is carried out solely for reasons of safety. Flight crews practice go-around procedures regularly on flight simulators, in different weather conditions and even with simulated technical problems. Extremely concentrated during landing, pilots are prepared to detect any destabilizing factor and to react immediately, by performing a go-around and making a second approach. Even if this is a quite normal procedure, work in the cockpit then becomes very intense (change of flight trajectory, communication with air-traffic control), which is why the captain might take a while to make a passenger announcement. But there’s no reason for concern. The pilots are responsible for ensuring the safety of the passengers and crew, Air France’s top priority. Reasons for a go-around can include another airplane occupying the runway or meteorological factors such as wind, problematic turbulence or poor visibility.


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