FREQUENT flyers will be familiar with the yellow seatbelt sign and the infamous ‘ding’ that accompanies it constantly on and off.
But what happens to passengers who ignore the sign and keep circling the plane – is that against the law?
The short answer is yes, it is illegal.
The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that it is a legal requirement for passengers to wear seat belts when the lights are on.
However, a flight attendant revealed that if passengers kept getting out of their seats to go to the bathroom, she wouldn’t stop them.
Annette Long, a flight attendant with 13 years of experience, spoke with Insiders.
She said: “When there is a sign to wear a seat belt, but it is quiet, some people do not listen.
“They wanted to go to the bathroom – they didn’t want to be rude and ugly – but they wanted to go to the bathroom, so they got up to go to the bathroom.
“Well, I’m not going to force you to stop… I just wanted to inform you, because I need to inform you, that the captain is still wearing his seat belt and I’m not. thought it was safe. full for you to up.
“And then they used to say, ‘I just have to pee.’ Okay, I don’t want to be part of that decision – you’re an adult, you make that decision.”
Annette’s rule of thumb for passengers is that they must follow the example set by the flight attendant.
She continued: “If the flight attendants are wearing seat belts – then you should probably wear them too.
“Am I going crazy from wearing a seat belt? No. I would worry about someone not following any of the instructions and acting inappropriately? Yes.”
One pilot insists that passengers should sit still when there are seat belt signs, but often when flight attendants remind passengers to sit down, it’s “deaf to the ears”.
Captain John Cox said to USA Today: “It happens so often that, sadly, it falls on deaf ears.
“The flight attendants tried to give a reminder that the seat belt sign was on.
“Captain will use it when possible chaos.
“Chaos is unpredictable and usually won’t happen. This leads people to believe that there is no risk. This is a false belief.
“If the seat belt sign is illuminated, passengers should remain seated.
“If physiological reasons require a visit to the restroom, the passenger must accept the risk.”
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