The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

Painful and worrying episode on board plane


ON OCT 25, I took the 2.30pm flight on SQ602 from Singapore to Seoul, and was in seat 48G.

While the plane was taxiing on the runway, one of the flight stewards on board opened the overhead compartment above me, causing metal seatbelts and emergency kits to fall onto my head.

It was painful but I was worried as well because of the baby lying next to me. The flight steward apologised but did not ask me whether I required medical assistance.

Does Singapore Airlines (SIA) prepare its cabin crew adequately to deal with accidents on board? Is the training rigorous enough to meet international guidelines, and is the programme audited regularly by the authorities to ensure compliance?

SIA should also have a balanced mix of experienced and new crew on board to ensure the efficient handling of unforeseen situations.

Choo Wee Beng