We are all too familiar with passengers and crewmembers hitting their heads on the main cabin entranceway on the regional aircraft while boarding or de-boarding.
Recently a crewmember hit their head on such an entryway and has suffered a serious head trauma. The injury has caused this fellow crewmember to lose their medical and is no longer able to do their job in the airline industry.
We are asking for your help to prevent this and similar situations from occurring in the future. In the link below is a 30 second survey we are requesting you to complete in order to give us important information to help protect the well being of our passengers and fellow crewmembers.
This information will help us work with all airlines in getting them the safety device they need to prevent any further incidences of head injuries, but most importantly we need your input to move forward.
Please complete the survey, it will take less than 30 seconds of your time, and can result in an easy solution that will protect you, your passengers and your fellow crewmembers. We also ask for you to ask your fellow crewmembers if they have taken the survey.
The total amount of passengers on regional airlines last year exceeded 158 million. 1 out of every 70 passengers (1.43%) strikes their head on the main cabin entryway; based on private flight attendant research. This equates to more than 2.2 million head injuries and potential lawsuits a year.
There are twenty-nine life threatening Airborne and Blood Borne Pathogens; HIV, tuberculosis, pneumonic plague, hepatitis, pneumonia, measles and diphtheria are just a few that can be spread with just the smallest open head wound. Pathogens are often spread rapidly in public when airborne due to an open wound.
Even an apparently minor head injury can lead to potential dangerous complications, whether the injury is closed or leaves an open wound. Head trauma can lead to debilitating mental and physical conditions which may take days or weeks to surface. Even a minor head injury is categorized as a severe personal injury in a court of law.
Jet bridges at most airports are designed for “mainline” aircraft utilizing larger passenger aircraft that are higher off the ground. When a “Regional” aircraft utilizes these jet bridges they must use a “ramp” with a bow or hump in it to bridge the gap between the jet bridge and the aircraft. This ramp decreases the opening of the entrance way by approximately three to six inches due to the bow in the loading ramp.
The aircraft stair method of loading is also hazardous to the passengers due to the very steep and narrow stairs. The use of air stairs requires a passenger (who is usually carrying a laptop and a carry-on bag) to ascend the stairs looking downward to focus on the steps while trying to hold onto the loose-fitting hand rails. When passengers get to the top of the steps they straighten up from the slouched position and step forward walking directly into the hardened steel door frame. The common human reaction is to close ones eyes and “back up” after the head injury therefore falling down the steps and onto others boarding.
Regional Airlines fall into a legal category called "common carriers" -- entities that transport the general public for a fee. All common carriers must act with a high degree of care and use the vigilance of a very cautious person in order to protect passengers and crewmembers from known potential harm. Law imposes a heightened duty of care on all common carriers. Regional Airlines also owe this heightened duty of care law to passengers and crewmembers while they are boarding the plane and getting off the plane.