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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can the two female belts in Jurassic Park be anything else but a wrongly installed belt?

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 ...