Strict new rules for passengers on major airlines after deadly plane incident

A passenger died recently after unexpectedly severe turbulence on a flight on a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777
-Credit: (Image: PA)

Air passengers may soon be required to keep their seatbelts fastened throughout the entire flight under new airline regulations. This change in safety measures follows an incident on a Singapore Airlines flight where one passenger was killed due to unexpected turbulence.

Last month, 73-year-old Geoffrey Kitchen tragically died when the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 dropped nearly 180ft within seconds, resulting in over 100 people being hospitalised initially, reports Birmingham Live. New rules could soon prohibit passengers from unfastening their seatbelts at any point during flights to prevent similar incidents from occurring.

According to The Times, safety experts from several airlines are currently exploring how this change could be implemented.

Read more: Police appeal after report of 'person in water' in Menai Strait

Read more: 'Illegal fires' at Llanberis lagoons beauty spot sparks confrontation

An anonymous aviation source revealed that the incident has left airline executives "terrified they could be next". They further added: "The messaging is going to be massively strengthened: it'll be 'Stay strapped in at all times'. End of."

Emirates president Sir Tim Clark told the newspaper that the "whole industry is now upping in the game" to ensure passengers remain buckled up for the entirety of their flight. He stated: "We are looking at all the protocols."

If this rule is introduced, it would mark one of the most significant changes to safety regulations in two decades, according to travel expert Paul Charles.

In response to the incident, other rules have already been put into place. Last month, Singapore Airlines announced that they would no longer serve hot drinks or meals when the seatbelt sign is illuminated.

The North Wales Live Whatsapp community for top stories and breaking news is live now - here’s how to sign up