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Who decides if PEDs can be used during a flight?

If you are an experienced air traveler, then you know to expect the customary notice against the use of portable electronic devices every time you board a plane in Manhattan. Ask people why this notice is given, and you may hear answers ranging from it is simply to protect airlines from property damage claims to PEDs can cause a plane's electrical system to fail. In reality, the reason the use of PEDs during a flight is discouraged is that there is concern that they may interfere with an aircraft's navigation or communication systems. 

Mechanical failure and commercial flights

When people board a commercial flight, they assume that they plane is mechanically sound and ready for flight. Mechanical plane failure, however, is one of the main factors leading to deadly plane accidents in the United States and throughout the world alongside weather and human error. Failure to operate or improper design of critical airplane parts, such as the fuel tanks, navigation system, landing gear, spoilers, rudder, stabilizers, wing components and engine controls, can be catastrophic. Boeing released a study reporting that approximately 20 percent of all commercial air accidents are attributed to mechanical failure.

Laptops in cargo areas pose fire risk for plane passengers

If you are among the many New Yorkers who regularly fly with a laptop computer, know that it can pose a serious safety risk if you store it in your checked luggage, as opposed to taking in onboard as a carry-on. Alarming new research suggests that laptops stored in carry-on luggage can ignite, if stored near aerosol cans or certain types of cosmetics. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand that this and other airplane safety risks pose serious, substantial threats to passengers, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury due to airplane-related accidents pursue appropriate recourse.

Woman killed in commercial airplane crash

When people board a flight, they should feel rest assured that the airplane they are entering has been fully maintained and is safe for travel. However, mistakes made in the upkeep of the plane or system failure could lead to a catastrophic event. Ultimately, the airline responsible for taking care of the airplanes is to blame for any accidents, injuries or deaths that are caused as a result of poor equipment maintenance.

Why did a major airline ignore its mechanics' concerns?

When you board a commercial aircraft in New York, you probably do not ask yourself the last time the plane underwent inspection. Why? Chances are, you trust that the airline itself has a team of mechanics in place who are making sure the aircraft is safe for flight. Regrettably, however, it appears that at least one major airline is questioning its mechanics when they report issues and discouraging them from reporting identified problems.

Metal weakness under microscope after deadly Southwest incident

The recent tragedy involving a woman's death onboard a Southwest Airlines flight sent shock waves across New York and the nation, and the incident is raising important questions about the engine safety of today's commercial aircraft. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we understand the types of tragedies that can result from aircraft design defects, and we have helped many clients and family members seek recourse in the wake of plane crashes and related incidents.

What is a major cause of airplane accidents?

You have finally purchased your plane tickets and your flight leaves New York in a few days. Though you are excited, you cannot help but have some concerns about safety. Airplane accidents are nowhere near as common as motor vehicle accidents. However, they do happen enough to cause the public alarm.

An overview of aviation safety programs

When people fly on commercial airlines in New York or across the country, they often assume that the aircraft they are traveling on has been deemed safe and is free from any defects that may put their lives in danger. Yet how exactly are aircrafts proven to be safe and what types of checks and evaluations do they go through to ensure they do not pose a danger to passengers and pilots?

Is air travel really as safe as they say?

You may take flights out of New York regularly or be someone who has never flown before. Regardless of your status, one thing you probably have wondered is about how safe flying is. Everyone has concerns, which is completely understandable seeing how air accidents get a lot of attention. However, what you may not realize is air travel is incredibly safe and the numbers back it up. 

What does the FAA do?

Many agencies, organizations and companies work together to ensure commercial flights are safe for you and other New York travelers. These agencies do many things from managing air traffic to monitoring the manufacturing of airplanes. One important agency is the Federal Aviation Administration. You have likely heard of the FAA, but do you know what it does to ensure your flights are safe?

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