Severe Turbulence and your Seatbelt is off?
Original post made by fasten your seatbelt, moron on Feb 18, 2014
I was recently a passenger on a somewhat turbulent flight where the passengers insisted on not only using the bathrooms but opening overhead bins and standing around the cabin. I promise that if you fall on me in turbulence I will sue you for damages.
People who get injured while out of their seats or in their seats with seatbelts off deserve it. Oh, the pilots do not have "turbulence radars" either. Just saying.
on Feb 18, 2014 at 6:33 am
Flying back from Prague a few weeks ago the turbulence got so bad the flight attendants had to buckle themselves in. Where turbulence is most violently felt is in the first, unanticipated moment when it hits. So much for the exotic nature of being a flight attendant. And kudos to scientists who are warning that global warming (climate change) is bringing about increased incidences and increased severity of turbulence in cross-Atlantic flights.
on Feb 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm
I just talked with a friend who flies much more than I do and he reminded me of the woman who was killed on a flight from Japan (?) a few years ago. The seatbelt sign was on, things were flying around the plane and she got up to remove something from an overhead bin. She flew into the ceiling, broke her neck and died. Another passenger happened to film it all, including the lighted seatbelt sign. So when her family tried to sue the airline the case was thrown out.
It's way beyond time for the FAA to require seats for everyone. Lap children are probably going to have to die before it actually happens.
on Feb 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm
Statistically speaking, injuries due to turbulence are probably very rare. While I don't consider myself a "frequent flyer" I have spent a lot of hours in the air over my lifetime, both on business and on vacation. Offhand, I can't recall a single instance when I really needed a seatbelt to keep myself from being thrown around the cabin. Rough turbulence? Yes. Did I brace myself? Yes. But I would have come out just as fine if I didn't have a seatbelt on.
Not saying that airline seat belts are not needed. I don't think that I've ever been in a car crash in which I really needed my car seat belt to hold me but I still buckle up when I get into a car anyway. Just saying that in my experience these cases of very severe turbulence - with large airliners, at least - seem to be rather rare.