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July 25th, 2014
09:15 AM ET

How to Fly "S.A.F.E." with CNN Safety Analyst David Soucie

For CNN safety analyst and former FAA safety inspector David Soucie, wariness of air travel seldom happens for him within the United States.

As a safety and accident investigator, Soucie developed confidence in the U.S.' flight rules and regulations.

"We have a very good system for maintaining those standards," Soucie said on "New Day" Friday.

However, Soucie explained that fastidiousness should come into play for international air travel.

It's harder to discern whether or not foreign countries uphold the same guidelines for air safety, Soucie said, as political climates and bureaucracies are capable of shifting rapidly.

Soucie developed a quick checklist, broken down into the acronym of "S.A.F.E.," in order to attain a sense of control as a passenger.

He shared his guidelines with us below:

David Soucie Says Fly S.A.F.E.

  • S = SEARCH
  • Search the web using Google, social media, etc., in order to learn about your destination country.
  • F = FLIGHT ROUTE
  • Get familiar with the flight route - websites like Flight Aware and Flight Radar 24 are excellent resources - and learn what else you'll be flying over.
  • E = EVALUATE
  • Now that you're well informed about my destination country, the flight route, and the airline taking you there, do a "gut check."
    • If there is little or no concern, Soucie advises going "no matter what." If there are, in fact, concerns, Soucie recommends evaluating the necessity of taking the flight at that particular time.

 

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July 24th, 2014
11:23 AM ET
July 24th, 2014
11:12 AM ET

Family's Loss Shows Horror of MH17, CNN Journalists Break Down

Editor's note: CNN field producer Victoria Eastwood traveled to Eastern Ukraine to report on the devastation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with Chris Cuomo, co-anchor of CNN's "New Day." From there they went to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport where the flight originated. Here's a look at how the trip affected them.

By Victoria Eastwood, CNN

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July 24th, 2014
10:10 AM ET

In Somber Ceremony, Dutch Receive the First Remains of MH17 Victims

A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The grieving nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.

In a ceremony rich with martial symbolism - from saluting soldiers to the haunting tune used to send war dead to their rest - 40 simple wooden caskets were solemnly unloaded from two military planes. Soldiers then walked them to waiting hearses and lowered them inside before rendering a final salute.

The only sounds were the hushed orders of soldiers and a whipping wind.

A long line of hearses, accompanied by police, carried the remains slowly toward a Dutch military base in Hilversum, where forensic investigators will begin the grim work of identifying them. Thousands of Dutch residents lined roads and overpasses along parts of the route to pay respects to the dead.

Some applauded as the hearses finally passed through the base gates, some tossed flowers on the vehicles. Others stood silently, red-eyed.

"The Netherlands are in shock, and Hilversum, as well," said the city's mayor, Pieter Broertjes.

Harun Calehr, whose two nephews were among the 298 people killed in the crash, called the ceremony "very moving and a beautiful tribute."

See more on this story at CNN.com

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