One way that flight attendants provide cabin safety through galley security is by ensuring all galley carts, bins, and compartments are properly closed and latched prior to getting into the jumpseat before takeoff or landing. Airlines around the world teach their flight attendants about galley security, and the importance of it, or at least they should be. Here is a perfect example of what happens when the galley isn’t properly secured for landing. If in a forward galley, carts or bins would fall out. This is serious as persons were injured and it could have been worse. Learn from the mistakes of others and remind your flight attendants/cabin crew that they must verify each piece of galley equipment:
– bins are closed
– red latches in proper position
– cart doors closed
– red cart latches down (both)
– cart brakes applied (red pedal down) – split carts latch down, if applicable.
When I worked as a flight attendant back in the 1990s, the airline I worked at, Tower Air, experienced a runway excursion during takeoff. There was one particular cart, really the ice bin which was made of heavy steel, was not properly secured for takeoff. The red latches on top were in the down position, but the holding pin down below was not inserted properly. When the airplane experience the runway excursion, this very heavy ice cart came out and struck the R4 flight attendant on her right shoulder. She became badly injured from the cart that was not secured. Over the years she’s had multiple surgeries on her right shoulder, yet she has never regained full motion of that arm. It was all due to improper galley security checks. In fact, this particular accident is one of the reasons why the airlines are required to have galley security training.
Please read the story, link below, of what happened during landing on a Jet2Go aircraft when a galley cart wasn’t properly secured.