November 2011 Issue
Seatbelt Upgrades: No Excuse for Bad Belts
If your seat belts are frayed or inadequatesuch as a lap belt up frontyou can fix it for a reasonable cost. Airbags cost more, but are a real aftermarket option.
The FAA didnt get serious about seatbelts until 1978, and even then it was only requiring shoulder restraints for the front seats. Ten years later, they added the rear. Given how long aircraft stay in service, that means there are thousands of craft flying every day with inadequate protection for the most valuable item on board. If youre flying with only a lap beltshame on you. As much as some pilots dont like having belts over their shoulders, the study data has been clear for decades: 88 percent of injuries and 20 percent of fatalities can be eliminated by adding shoulder or additional restraints over lap belts alone, according to the the FAA.
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