Greater Bay Airlines implements seatbelt policy at all times for passenger safety

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29th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Greater Bay Airlines has announced that passengers will be required to keep their seatbelts fastened at all times during flights, even when the seatbelt sign is turned off. The new policy will take effect from Thursday, 30th May, according to an official statement released by the airline on Wednesday.

The decision was prompted by recent flight incidents involving other airlines, which highlighted the importance of seatbelt usage, particularly during unpredictable or severe weather conditions such as convectively induced turbulence and clear-air turbulence. The airline emphasised that while this requirement is not mandatory, it aims to raise passengers’ safety awareness and ensure their well-being during the entire duration of the flight.

Passengers will still be permitted to use the restroom facilities when the seatbelt sign is off, providing some flexibility during the journey. To further reinforce the importance of seatbelt usage, onboard announcements will be made, and cabin crew members will actively remind passengers to fasten their seatbelts if they have not already done so.

The implementation of this new policy comes shortly after a horrific incident involving Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, which was en route from London to Singapore. On 21st May, the aircraft encountered severe turbulence, forcing the pilot to divert and make an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Tragically, a 73-year-old British man lost his life due to a suspected heart attack during the turbulence, while more than 100 passengers sustained injuries.