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Do Planes Have Airbags?

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I once flew business class (for work) and had an airbag in my lap belt. No idea what good it would have done though.

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I once flew business class (for work) and had an airbag in my lap belt. No idea what good it would have done though.

Interesting. It was in response to this story - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-aged-4-suffers-devastating-7565652 - quite clearly a puff piece for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, which reads strangely in many respects.

Do you really want explosive charges in an aircraft cabin?

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airbags only work up to about 30mph...detonating one would push the passenger in front forward into his, adding to the 500mph impact....

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According to Billy Connolly, that's what lifejackets are for - you inflate them when the plane's heading for a crash on a mountainside, then simultaneously throw them at the mountain shouting "Go away nasty mountain!" - in other words, airbags would be useless in a plane crash - have you any idea the forces involved when a plane hurtles into the ground? My uncle was a Lancaster pilot whose plane was shot down over the Netherlands in 1944. The whole crew of seven was buried in a mass grave because of the difficulty of separating them.

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According to Billy Connolly, that's what lifejackets are for - you inflate them when the plane's heading for a crash on a mountainside, then simultaneously throw them at the mountain shouting "Go away nasty mountain!" - in other words, airbags would be useless in a plane crash - have you any idea the forces involved when a plane hurtles into the ground? My uncle was a Lancaster pilot whose plane was shot down over the Netherlands in 1944. The whole crew of seven was buried in a mass grave because of the difficulty of separating them.

Yes, I'm well aware of the forces involved, hence why I asked the question. Has anybody actually read the link? I find it incredibly odd that they were apparently left to their own devices to seek medical attention upon landing. Also, would a mid-flight accidental airbag detonation lead to an emergency landing, or at least a diversion? Would the plane be rendered non-airworthy (not least because a seat deemed worthy of requiring an operational airbag now no longer had one)?

I have my suspicions about the veracity of this tale.

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For turbulence!!

I would imagine that three hundred-odd simultaneous airbag deployments would indeed cause turbulence, of a kind.

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Planes don't have airbags, because there's always a fat ball bearing salesman from Wolverhampton if front of you that pushes his seat right back. :(

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I once read that the best way to make crashes survivable would be to make the seats face backwards but there's some fuel efficiency reason not to do that.

In fact British military transports have had rear facing seats for donkeys years and their safety record is superb. The reason it is not done in the commercial world is nothing to do with fuel, simply that the punters don't like them.

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I suppose airlines would worry about them going off accidentally and there being mass lawsuits. They get regular lawsuits re airbags in cars in the US.

Also, just like cars, there would be occasionally faults found resulting in all the airbags needing to be changed which would create a lot of down time for the aircraft.

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Feck, I just had a momentarily vision of the HPC Off-topic lot all together on a flight.

Me too, and it was very scary.

The pilot was John Denver...!

XYY

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Me too, and it was very scary.

The pilot was John Denver...!

XYY

You fill up my cesspit.

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You fill up my cesspit.

I certainly filled-up my pants when I realised I was sat next to Buddy Holly...!

XYY

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