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Why are seatbelts crucial to flight safety?

When New York residents are buckling in for a flight, it can be easy to undervalue the importance of a seatbelt. After all, many people feel it is an extraneous addition when plane crashes are so severe. Do seatbelts in airplanes actually help maintain a level of safety? focuses on the use of seatbelts in all motor vehicles, including cars or on buses. They examine the particular use of airplane seatbelts as well. The primary critique against them is that they go across the lap instead of over the lap and shoulders. Additionally, some people think it may hinder in an evacuation or be entirely useless due to the strength of the impact during a crash.

Generally speaking, these concerns are unfounded. The main reason for seatbelts in a plane is to protect you in the event of turbulence. Turbulence is no joke; it can injure and even kill passengers. This is because you don't float into the air when the plane hits turbulence. Instead, the plane drops. If you aren't wearing your seatbelt, the plane can drop directly onto your head, causing massive damage.

By staying belted in, you not only avoid the possibility of concussion, but you also increase your chance of escaping safely in the event of an evacuation. This is because it's much harder to navigate in an emergency situation if you are suffering from a concussion or head injury.

Finally, seatbelts are designed as lap-only because passengers are resistant to change and plane seats would need to be made heavier to support bigger belts. This is not cost efficient or realistic, as it would raise ticket prices with no guarantee passengers would even wear the new belts any more frequently than they wear the current ones.

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