Offshore helicopter passengers check in at the oil company offices in the departures hall, and have to go through a routine security check. They are not allowed to take mobile phones, cigarette lighters, alcoholic beverages or drugs. Any medicines must be approved in advance with the company medical service and sent directly to the medical staff on the platform.
After checking in and passing through security, passengers put on their survival suits and wait for the flight. Immediately before departure, they must watch an obligatory safety film which gives general instructions and information about working and living on the relevant platform. Details on health, environment and safety topics are particularly important. Offshore personnel must complete a safety course before being allowed work or live on Norwegian installations.
One of Europe’s largest helicopter operations has been built up to transport personnel to and from Norwegian fields. Although some people find flying unpleasant, these machines are regarded as the safest and most effect means of offshore transport. The noise makes talking difficult, so passengers read, doze or listen to music and messages from the pilot on their headphones. Flights last 30 minutes to two hours, depending on intermediate landings, weather conditions and distance from land.