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What did seat belts look like in 1940s aircraft?

I first flew back in the 1940s as a four or five year old. I have a vague memory of a seat belt locked with a wooden peg inserted into a webbing loop. The aircraft was probably a Vickers Viking, a ...
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Seatbelt safety and quick release [closed]

Seatbelts, are said to be the object that causes the most deaths in emergency situations on airplanes. (this part is hearsay, just ancillary! :) ) I free-dive, and one of the rules we were taught is ...
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What year did the seat belt sign come in to use?

What year did commercial airlines start using a lighted seat belt sign?
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Is the seat-belt sign activation when a pilot goes to the lavatory standard procedure?

Yesterday, I took an inter-European commercial flight with a popular budget airline. Before take-off, the captain announced that the First Officer would be taking the entire flight today. During the ...
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Don’t seats that recline flat defeat the purpose of having seatbelts?

Virtually all first-class airline seats, and many to most business-class seats, recline all the way down, either as lie-flat seats (where the seat reclines to a 180º seatback-seatpan angle, but the ...
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Why are airline seat belts lap-only? [duplicate]

On the flight that I was on today, one of the passengers near me asked this question. Why don’t airplanes use lap- and shoulder belts like cars do?
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Are there little seat belts or other restraints for the organ-containing coolers kept in cockpits?

The NPR podcast A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant features Dr. Joshua Mezrich a surgeon who flies to other hospitals to retrieve organs for transplant ...
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Why don't plane seats have shoulder straps? [duplicate]

Why don't seats on airliners have shoulder straps, like the seats in (European) coaches often do? Wouldn't a shoulder-strap be more effective than adopting the brace position, in the event of a crash-...
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Does the FAA restrict the color of pilot seat belts?

In the US, is there a legal restriction to prevent the use of bright red pilot seat belts in GA aircraft?
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What are the regulations regarding the safety briefings and harness designs for open-door helicopters?

I'm reading about a helicopter crash that happened yesterday in New York City. The helicopter landed in the East River and apparently inverted. The pilot was able to escape, but all five passengers ...
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When did airlines start using seat belts for passengers?

When did airlines start using seat belts on passenger flights?
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When may commercial pilots release their shoulder harness?

In one answer to a similar question I found a hint to 14 CFR 91.105: (b) Each required flight crewmember of a U.S.-registered civil aircraft shall, during takeoff and landing, keep his or her ...
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Can the two female belts in Jurassic Park be anything else but a wrongly installed belt? [closed]

In Jurassic Park, when the party arrives on Isla Nublar, Dr. Alan Grant discovers his seat belt has two female ends. He makes it work, foreshadowing that in nature as well, a population of only ...
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