Airline Safety Cards: How Well Do Yours Last?

How many times have you sat down in your assigned seat on an airplane, glanced at the brightly colored safety card in the seatback pocket, and summarily ignored it? They may seem like such an innocuous detail, but airline safety cards can have a major impact. The hope is that the safety information conveyed is never actually needed, but in the event of an emergency, the instructions on those safety cards can be the difference between lives saved and lost. The FAA requires that airplane safety cards only provide safety information about that specific aircraft, such as where the exits are and where life vests can be found. Of course, the other potential problem is keeping those airline safety cards in good enough condition that they can be read and keep passengers safe. If you own or operate an aircraft with passengers, you likely understand just what a hassle this can be.

Current Problems

Airline safety cards as we know them now tend to come with one of a couple major issues that can affect their longevity. More often than not, airline safety cards are printed on either thin plastic cards, printed on regular paper and laminated, or printed on cardstock. With the former, the plastic does not fully absorb the ink; instead, the ink simply sits on top, so it tends to wear off from repeated handling by passengers and rubbing each time it is pulled out of and replaced into its designated spot.

Airline safety cards that are printed on paper tend to offer better print quality and a higher amount of detail. However, as the cards are bent and handled, the lamination will start to pull away from the paper. When the laminate starts to peel and bubble, it inevitably pulls bits of paper with it. The overall effect is a safety card that is nigh on illegible after an exuberant toddler has spent a flight twisting it about.

Finally, the cardstock safety cards are one of the least durable options. Without any sort of waterproofing, those cardstock options will wear, tear, and smudge as soon as a passenger spills a bit of their drink. This subset of airline safety cards tend to need replacing most frequently out of the above options.

Airline Safety Cards That Last

While passenger safety is a very important part of any airline or charter service, it can feel like a major hassle when you need to replace your airline safety cards frequently because they have been rendered illegible. Not only is it annoying, but it can also cut into your bottom line. Instead of bearing this annoyance as part and parcel of operating an aircraft, it is high time to find a better solution. This is where TerraSlate comes in. What makes our aircraft safety cards stand out above the rest is that they are printed on our proprietary waterproof paper. It is rip-proof and can be printed on with the same level of clarity that you see from a laser printer and regular printer paper. But, unlike regular paper, our waterproof paper repels liquids, grease, and whatever else your passengers may accidentally spill on your airline safety cards. There is a reason our waterproof paper is one of the best options for restaurant menu printing, and they see a great deal more wear and mess than likely happens on your aircraft. Our waterproof paper has even gone through an industrial dishwasher and come out unscathed! The durability and fade-fast printing make our airline safety cards an amazing option to provide you with safety cards that last.

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