Rapid Passengers Deplane or Disembark

Pablo Dezontini • 10 April 2021
in community Air Operations

Hi, Guys. How are you? 

I really hope you are well and safe! 

IATA, as some Airline Operators, state an “intermediate” procedure between a Normal disembark and an Emergency Evacuation so called “Rapid Disembark”. 

As far as I cloud research, no regulations does require such procedure but is been showing quite useful for Airlines to handle some non-normal situations. 

So, what do you think about it? Does your Airline have it?

Comments (2)

Robert Gottwald

Most operators I worked for or with have such a procedure for "rapid deplaning", "rapid disembarkation" or also sometimes "controlled disembarkation".
I think it is a very useful procedure to have. The risk for injury associated with an evacuation through emergency exits and slides is significant. Unlike in a full-blown evacuation, the emergency exits and slides are not used, and therefore no maintenance downtime results from a precautionary rapid/controlled disembarkation. Such a procedures is also preferable to an evacuation in circumstances where, for example, there is a large fuel spill around the aircraft or in security events, such as bomb-related occurrences.
While not explicitly required by most regulators, these procedures are suggested/implied in a number of ICAO guidance materials, such as in Doc 10086.
The IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) and IOSA standards prescribe such a procedure and the designating of specific exits for this purpose under CAB 3.2.2. It is therefore an accepted and required industry standard.
The IATA Cabin Operations Safety Best Practices Guide contains a Suggested Cabin Crew Rapid Deplaning Drill.

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