HKIA Holds Multi-Scenario Field Exercise for Emergency Incidents

Hong Kong International Airport

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) arranged a multi-scenario field exercise at the non-restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) during morning of May 19, giving various related parties the opportunity to review and refresh their contingency measures in case of an emergency incident at the airport.

The first scenario simulated a suspect who was noticed loitering and acting suspiciously at the Meeters & Greeters Hall in Terminal 1, near the ticketing counters of the Airport Express (AEL). MTR Corporation (MTR) staff reported the situation to the AA, which accordingly contacted Police and Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO). Following emergency response procedures, police subdued the suspect while passengers were directed to safe areas.

In another scenario testing emergency response measures to a fire and hostage situation in the AEL area, a simulated suspect ran to the AEL platform after loitering at the Meeters & Greeters Hall. He then boarded a train and set fire with a bottle of inflammable liquid on his hand, before returning to the platform with a hostage held at knifepoint. As part of the scenario, the suspect then pushed the hostage away and brandished his knife at other passengers on the platform. The MTR responded by guiding members of the public to safe areas. Police arrived upon the scene immediately and subdued the suspect at the AEL platform, while FSD extinguished the fire and medical teams attended to the injured. The exercise included simulated injuries to more than 10 passengers, who were diverted to the Assembly Point for medical treatment.

The exercise was jointly organised by the AA with the Airport Security Unit of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKP), Fire Services Department (FSD), MTR, AVSECO and other related medical teams – aiming to test relevant response procedures and plans in the event of an emergency situation, as well as to strengthen communications between parties and verify the readiness of equipment and facilities.

Each year HKIA conducts more than 100 drills, exercises and training seminars covering a number of operational disruption and emergency response scenarios, including severe weather, system failure, equipment malfunctions, public health incidents and security issues. Participants in this field exercise included the following organisations: (in alphabetical order)

• Aviation Security Company Limited
• Civil Aid Service
• Fire Services Department
• Hong Kong Police Force
• MTR
• Port Health Office
• Raffles Medical Group

 

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Smart Business Travelers Need Air Ambulance Service Coverage

air traveller

Do you travel always away from home due to your job requirements? Business travel has increased dramatically over the past few decades. More and more, people are sent many miles away from home to perform business duties. In many cases, travelers are even sent out of their home country on business.

The good business traveler comes prepared for the trip with all of the appropriate luggage, business files, and a laptop, but often something is missing. You may think you leave home fully prepared for the trip, but in reality, you’re vulnerable. The business traveler may not be prepared for a medical emergency during the trip. Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Just for this reason, people who travel away from home on frequent business trips should be prepared for such an emergency.

Although no one ever wants to use air ambulance services, it is possible the need may arise. The cost of a trip in an air ambulance can be extremely expensive. Fees can range from $10,000 to $75,000 per trip.

Business travelers really should consider purchasing air ambulance service coverage for those times when they are away from home. Not all air ambulance service coverage providers offer equal coverage. Carefully read the the policy with caution. It is important to know when air ambulance service is covered, when it is available, and at what charge to you.

Do your best to select a plan that will allow you to be transported by a medical staffed air ambulance under any health condition. Be certain that you are able to determine the destination. It won’t be helpful to be dropped off at some suspicious hospital along the route that is still miles from home. Its important that you be transported to the hospital of your choice, especially if you are concerned about being near family or at a hospital in your health insurance network.

Locating an air ambulance service coverage Plan that has no conditions about pre-existing health conditions is very important. As you read the details of the coverage plan, try to look for any loopholes that exclude coverage. If too many exclusions apply, look elsewhere for reputable coverage.

Companies can supply air ambulance service coverage for business travelers at a reduced rate to the employees or as part of a benefits package. Speak to your employer today to find out if this option is available for you. If coverage is not available through your employer, it is wise to search for this coverage on your own to protect yourself, your family, and your finances.

The next time you travel away from home, don’t just grab your files and your computer. Bring with you confidence and peace of mind that you are covered in an emergency. Should you need to be transported by an air ambulance while away on business, you will know that you can protect your wallet with service coverage. When an emergency arises, you can quickly be transferred to a hospital near home and family without incurring the costly expense.

US Authorities Ban Passengers Flying from Queen Alia Airport to the US from Carrying Electrical Devices

Queen Alia International Airport

The US authorities issued new rules that ban passengers on flights to the US from carrying electronic and electrical devices in the aircraft cabin, but have them in their checked baggage.

The decision of the US authorities included the flights from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport to the US, besides the departing flights from nine other airports in the Middle East, the Arab Gulf and North Africa.

RJ will implement these instructions as of March 24, 2017. By taking these measures, it spares passengers the hassle of having to go through legal procedures in the US. RJ passengers departing from Queen Alia International Airport to the United States are not allowed to carry any electronic or electrical devices on board the aircraft cabin. Prohibited devices, which include -but not limited to- laptops, iPads, tablets and cameras, can be transported in the checked baggage only, whereas cellular phones and needed medical devices are excluded from the ban.

The RJ stations in the US include: New York, Chicago and Detroit, in addition to Montreal, as it is served by a combined flight with Detroit.

The ban excludes passengers flying from these stations to Amman.

RJ calls upon its passengers traveling to the United States to abide by these instructions to facilitate their travel. They are also requested to inform airport check-in staff of any prohibited devices- which are still in their possession- in order to be put in their checked baggage.

 

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Advantages Of Using Heathrow Air Ambulance Service As Air Ambulance

air ambulance service jet

When it comes to choosing the aircraft for use as an air ambulance, no other air medical transport can match the safety, comfort and speed offered by Heathrow Air Ambulance Service jet. This is the reason that most of the patients choose to take the company’s jets for use as flight ambulance transport.

The preferred aircraft for transporting patients is the jet aircraft. One of the biggest advantages of these type of aircraft is that they have longer range and are capable of flying in almost bad weather conditions. Also, all of the jet aircraft come with pressurized cabins and also with optional lavatories, which are essential for patients.

These jets are very reliable and are typically the only option for transporting patients over long distances, especially for inter-continental transportation of patients. Some of the other advantages of using Heathrow Air Ambulance Service jet as air ambulance are as follows.

1. It’s Less Stressful

The jet’s cabins are pressurized to ensure that the patients are able to travel in a comfortable manner. This also makes traveling easier for the flight paramedics. Jets can travel at a very high speed and are very useful in cases where time can be the difference between life and death. In such cases, jet aircraft can literally save lives.

2. All-Weather Aircraft

The jets can fly in almost bad weather conditions and therefore, can get the patient to the required medical facility whenever there’s a chance.

3. A Lot of Room

Another advantage of using Heathrow Air Ambulance Service jet aircraft as an air ambulance is that these have a lot of room. This also means that if one has to transfer more than one patient in an air ambulance, these patients can be easily transported. Also, there is a lot of room available for luggage as well as medical equipment in the jet aircraft.

Battery Explosion Mid-flight Prompts Passenger Warning

exploding battery

As the range of products using batteries grows, the potential for in-flight issues increases.

On a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne, a passenger was listening to music using a pair of her own battery-operated headphones.

About two hours into the flight while sleeping, the passenger heard a loud explosion. “As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she said. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck.

“I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.

“As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane.” The battery and cover were both melted and stuck to the floor of the aircraft.

Flight attendants returned to check on her well-being. For the remainder of the flight, passengers endured the smell of melted plastic, burnt electronics and burnt hair. “People were coughing and choking the entire way home,” the passenger said.

The ATSB assessed that the batteries in the device likely caught on fire. The ATSB reminds passengers using battery-powered devices that:

  • batteries should be kept in an approved stowage, unless in use
  • spare batteries must be in your carry-on baggage NOT checked baggage
  • if a passenger’s smart phone or other device has fallen into the seat gap, locate their device before moving powered seats
  • if a passenger cannot locate their device, they should refrain from moving their seat and immediately contact a cabin crew member.

 

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