Airplane Airbag Seat Belts Are Slowly Catching On
It’s been a little bit since we’ve talked about airbags on airplanes, but it seems like they are finally beginning to gain some traction. As the economy gets better and airlines start ordering more planes, it’s likely that we’ll start seeing these more frequently up in the sky.
Despite their cost, the airbags are beginning to catch on all over the aviation world. These new safety systems aren’t just for the planes with overhead bins, as general aviation operators have begun to install them as well. Even flight training schools have added seatbelt airbags to all of their orders. There’s no rules for flight training schools just yet, but it’s nice to see people being proactive.
If you remember, new federal rules require that seats can withstand a crash around 16 times the force of gravity, and these new airplane airbags can help airlines meet the new regulations and prevent passengers from potential injuries. AmSafe—the makers of these safety devices—estimates that there’s around 50,000 of the airbags around the world. We’re all in favor of some more safety, and we’ll be carefully examining our seatbelt on our next flight.
So keep an eye out for the devices on your next flight, and let us know if you’ve seen them in the wild in the comments below!