30th Jul 2012, 14:03
Whilst seated close to the front of a 737-800 recently I noticed the airline using a retractable stairs from the forward left cabin door. On either side of the handrail there appears to be some sort of a removable supporting strut or a hand rail extension that the cabin crew remove and store inside the aircraft. Passengers certainly wouldn't be permitted to bring such articles onboard and it appears they are not very securily stored. Whilst observing this practice I wondered what risk management or hazard identification expert has missed this? Perhaps a change of practice has been suggested to the airline but ignored or not enforced. Perhaps room for improvement?Thank you for your time.