Date: 20 Jan 98 01:29:59 From: "Thomas A. Beckley" <firstname.lastname@example.org> References: 1 2 3 4
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>I saw a short TV report a few weeks ago about airbags in aircraft. >Development for such system is already done - but the system looks >quite different to that installed in cars: The airbags have to be >blown up "manually" by a central switch in the cockpit in case of an >emergency. So there will be no time span of milliseconds but rather >minutes. And the airbags stay blown up. Sounds like such a system would be more to keep everything in place in the event of a mishap, rather than to cushion an impact as is the case in car accident (Although such a system would obviously cushion an impact also). These days one of the biggest dangers in any sort of airliner mishap would have to be carry-on bags. An airbag system could protect the occupants from carry-on bags and other objects that would be flying around the cabin of the aircraft in the event of a mishap.