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.

 

News source: atn.aero.

Advantages Of Using Heathrow Air Ambulance Service As Air Ambulance

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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

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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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When to Use Private Ambulances

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Private ambulance companies are offering services that go beyond those of Emergency Medical Services.

Private ambulances transport patients from one hospital to another, to nursing homes or other special-care centers, on intercity trips and from hospital to home, as well as answer emergency calls.

Unlike the public city ambulances, which are generally required to take patients to a designated hospital within a 10-minute radius of where they were picked up, private ambulance services will deliver people to the hospital of their choice. Hospitals must accept emergency patients from public and private ambulances even if admission has not been prearranged.

Such ambulances are required to have at least one trained emergency medical technician and certain medical equipment on board.

When a person dials for a medical emergency, a police operator switches the call to the Emergency Medical Services headquarters. There a medically trained operator evaluates the call and routes it to a dispatcher, who calls the nearest available ambulance by radio. Either a ”basic life support” vehicle with emergency medical technicians or an ”advanced life support” unit with paramedics aboard will respond, depending on how serious the emergency is. E.M.S. goes to designated hospitals

Ordinarily E.M.S. ambulances must take a patient to one of designated ”receiving hospitals,” choosing one that is less than 10 minutes away.

To a large degree the private and public services are complementary but if someone needs to go to a hospital or nursing home and it’s not a real emergency, it’s better to call a private ambulance service.

Private ambulances handle most patient transfers that are not emergencies and respond to emergency calls. If a patient calls emergency, he’s taken to the nearest hospital. If his doctor is affiliated with another hospital and he wants to be treated there, the city won’t transfer him. So the patient or his doctor hires a private ambulance.

Private ambulance companies also carry thousands of patients who are unable to drive or be driven to clinics, doctors’ offices or other treatment centers. They also transport patients being discharged from hospitals and carry patients to and from nursing homes. In addition, they offer transport to hospitals outside the city, where E.M.S. is not allowed to go, and many companies serve corporations that want ambulances on call for their employees. Most private services have wheelchair vans, or ambulettes, to transport patients who cannot walk.

Most private ambulances are equipped to provide basic life support, and carry at least one emergency medical technician in addition to the driver. These technicians are trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, splinting, child delivery and extricating accident victims. Some private ambulances are staffed with paramedics, who are trained in advanced life support and thus are also able to insert intravenous lines, operate electrocardiographs and some medications, and defibrillate irregular heartbeats.

Private ambulance rates are not regulated, and their structure generally includes a base rate, a mileage charge, charges for additional care, and night and weekend surcharges.

Both E.M.S. and the private ambulance companies accept healthcare insurance patients. Insurance will cover part of the costs. Municipal ambulances bill patients later, but most private services require on-the-spot payment by cash or check. A few accept credit cards. Many private insurance companies will reimburse part of ambulance costs.

Most local ambulance companies operate round the clock, are phone or radio-dispatched and serve large parts of the metropolitan area. Vehicles are on call at all times, which means that generally they should be able to respond quickly to an emergency call. But because appointments must usually be made in advance for non-emergency service, response time is less an issue than reliability.

 

 

Exhausting European Flight Rules Could Lead to a Pilot Burnout Crisis

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Airlines are not doing enough to address fatiguing rosters and this will lead to many UK pilots suffering ‘burnout’ according to flight safety experts at the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

One year on from the introduction of EU-wide pilot duty hours regulations, Dr Rob Hunter, BALPA Head of Flight Safety and an aeromedical expert, has warned that fatigue remains a huge issue for the industry, and not enough is being done to tackle it, especially ‘burnout’.

Burnout can result from pilots having to fly fatiguing rosters and perform standby duties year in, year out, and can seriously impact mental and physical wellbeing in the long-term, says Dr Hunter.

Dr Hunter, said:

“Pilot fatigue is one of the biggest threats to flight safety; it acts powerfully to increase the risk of pilot error.

“BALPA’s expert analysis of roster patterns across the airlines shows that pilots are being asked to work rosters that will be fatiguing.

“We are getting feedback from our members that they’re frequently exhausted, we believe that over time this fatigue could lead to widespread burnout – where pilots’ long-term health and wellbeing is affected.

“Many pilots are choosing to go part-time as they simply cannot cope with the demands of full-time flying. Pilots with full-time rosters feel their time off is spent recovering from previous duties such that they can’t enjoy quality time for life outside work.”

The EU regulations imposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) came into force in February 2016, despite opposition from BALPA and other flight safety groups, and have resulted in more fatiguing duties.

As predicted by BALPA, pilots now work more consecutive early starts which is associated with sleep deprivation and high levels of fatigue; pilots are being assigned duties which simply do not afford them a realistic opportunity to get enough sleep between flights.

The pilots’ association says that rather than seeing the flight time rules as a maximum, some airlines have used them as a target, leading to increasingly exhausted pilots.

Dr Hunter, continued:

“Fatiguing rosters are not just a problem in budget airlines but rather across the industry and need to be addressed.

“The future health of UK pilots is at stake if changes are not made soon.

“BALPA is committed to tackling this problem and will continue to work with airlines to reduce rostering patterns and ensure pilots are given the support from their employer to operate safely.”

 

News source: atn.aero